Lydia Walker

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

Lydia Walker received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in May 2018. She is a historian of decolonization and the Cold War with a regional specialization in South Asia.  Her book manuscript, States-in-Waiting, uncovers and analyzes the relationships between nationalist insurgent movements in South Asia and Southern Africa and their international advocates during global decolonization.  An essay drawn from this manuscript is available online.  Her work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Smith Richardson Foundation, and New York University's Center for the US and the Cold War, among others; and has been published in the American Historical ReviewStudies in Conflict and Terrorism, and is forthcoming from Past & Present.  Before her doctoral studies, she worked as a policy researcher at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi, with which she maintains an affiliation. After her fellowship year at Dartmouth's Dickey Center, she will be a Past & Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2019–2021).

Personal Website
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Education: 
B.A. Columbia University
A.M. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected publications

"Who Deserves Independence?" a recent essay at Harvard/Weatherhead Center's Epicenter.  

"Decolonization in the 1960s: On Legitimate and Illegitimate Nationalist Claims-making," forthcoming in Past & Present, 2019. 

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