I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. My Fulbright project centers on research for my dissertation on American anticolonialist activism in and around the Communist International in the 1920s and 1930s. During this brief period of time, a peculiar and racially diverse community existed in Moscow; comprised of students, artists, writers, dancers, and political functionaries, this group was brought together by its tireless work against racism and colonialism. Through an examination of these individuals and their labors, I hope to rethink the histories of the Cold War, decolonization and the American civil rights movement in the Twentieth Century.
When I am not excavating the stories of this community in the archives, I enjoy exploring the present-day cosmopolitan milieu in Moscow, both strikingly different and in other ways quite similar to the city that the subjects of my dissertation lived in. The metropolis may no longer by the heart of world revolution, but it is clear, from the variety of produce at the local markets to the vibrant communities from sundry locales in Asia and Africa, that Moscow is again a global city.