Ruodi Duan is a PhD candidate in history at Harvard University. Her research interests include the global Cold War, decolonization, comparative race and ethnicity, and alternative imaginaries of development and international society.
Duan’s dissertation, which she plans to complete at Radcliffe, traces the discourses and networks of Afro-Asianism through the 1960s and 1970s, when anti-colonial nationalist leaders and transnational activists alike maintained the conviction that the pasts and futures of Asia and Africa were entwined. It seeks to understand how enduring debates over race, class, and nation rendered the project of Afro-Asian unity so fraught in conception and execution.
Duan received her BA in Black studies from Amherst College. Previously, her work has been supported by the American Historical Association, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War.