Amanda Joyce Hall
20th Century U.S. social and political history; the Black Freedom Struggle; the Black Radical Tradition; Digital Humanities; international history; cultural and sports history; history of South Africa; decolonization; histories of diaspora, transnational movements, and world governance
Master’s Degrees in International and World History, Columbia University and the London School of Economics
Amanda Joyce Hall is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of History and African American Studies at Yale University. Her dissertation samples the inner-workings of the international movement against South African apartheid between 1971 and 1991. She chronicles the lives of grassroots activists—students, civil servants, musicians, exiles, community organizers—as they shut down Springbok rugby tours in 1970s Aotearoa/New Zealand, demanded divestment from multi-national corporations in 1980s America, and celebrated the repatriation of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1990s South Africa as a triumphant symbol of their enduring efforts to dismantle color lines that were drawn both locally and internationally. Her cross-border research, which draws on archival work and oral histories from four continents, is supported by the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Foundation, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) as well as the History Department, MacMillan Center, and International Security Studies at Yale. In the academic year 2019, Amanda is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Amanda is also committed to engaging broader methodological and epistemological frameworks through her work in the Digital Humanities. As the Principle Investigator of the Pauli Murray “Digiography,” she develops a new methodological tool for examining and chronicling the activist lives of black women in 20th century social movements.
Amanda holds master’s degrees in International and World History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, where she wrote her thesis on the international student anti-apartheid movement. She has also earned a master’s degree in Education from Fordham University in New York City, where she was a special education teacher for the Department of Education. Amanda received her AB in Classics and International Studies from Dartmouth College in 2011. She is from Chicago, Illinois.