R. Joseph Parrott
“Struggle for Solidarity: The New Left, African Decolonization, and the End of the Cold War Consensus”
Parrott completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, having held predoctoral fellowships with ISS and the Miller Center at UVA. His project is a broad transnational history that considers Portuguese decolonization in Africa as a noteworthy component in transforming western engagement with the global south. It cuts across intellectual, diplomatic, and socio-political history to illuminate how questions of race and empire drove the policy choices of U.S. leaders, African nationalists, and Portuguese officials, as well as the agenda of a wider western Left. He’s an experienced teacher and public historian.