Amanda Joyce Hall
Amanda Joyce Hall is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Yale University. Her dissertation samples the inner-workings of the international movement against South African apartheid between 1971 and 1991. Her dissertation is an international history that studies the multiple valences of grassroots anti-apartheid solidarity that was forged in the U.S., the Caribbean, New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands during the 1970s and 1980s. She chronicles the lives of grassroots activists—students, civil servants, musicians, exiles, community organizers—as they shut down Springbok rugby tours in 1970s Aotearoa/New Zealand, demanded divestment from multi-national corporations in 1980s America, and celebrated the repatriation of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1990s South Africa as a triumphant symbol of their enduring efforts to dismantle color lines that were drawn both locally and internationally. Her cross-border research, which draws on archival work and oral histories from four continents, is supported by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Foundation, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) as well as the History Department, African American Studies, the MacMillan Center, and International Security Studies at Yale.