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Andrea Rosengarten


Andrea (Andy) Rosengarten is a first-year doctoral student in African history, and a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Northwestern’s Program of African Studies. She is interested in histories of racial and ethnic identification, segregation, and constructions of indigeneity in 19th- and 20th-century Namibia and South Africa. She maintains a strong comparative interest in racial thought and its relationship to violence (broadly construed) in other colonial and postcolonial cultures within and beyond southern Africa.

She completed her M.A. and M.Sc. (with Distinction) in 2014 in the Columbia University and London School of Economics Dual Degree Program in International and World History. She was awarded the program’s 2014 Richard Hofstadter Dissertation Prize for her thesis, which examined the emergence of the category of “coloured” in Namibia (as distinct from “white”/“European” and “black”/“native” under 20th-century South African racial categorization schemes), and the shifting meanings of whiteness, blackness, and “native” status over the transition from German colonial to South African rule in interwar Namibia between 1915 and 1939.

She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) in 2012 from Columbia University in Art History and German Literature and Cultural History.

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