Tejasvi Nagaraja

Tejasvi Nagaraja

Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
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Tejasvi Nagaraja is an interdisciplinary historian with specializations in foreign relations, African American and labor history. He received his PhD in History from New York University. His manuscript is currently titled Soldiers of the American Dream: War Work, Jim Crow and Freedom Movements in the Shadow of U.S. Power. It examines U.S. militarization and globalism, as they were interlinked with economic and racial politics between the New Deal and the Vietnam War. The book explores how U.S. foreign policy’s statecraft from the Second World War into the Korean War and Cold War, was deeply entangled and embattled in relation to domestic social movements. Nagaraja reconstructs and interprets a transnational history of military-industrial labor struggles, Black soldiers’ civil rights protest against criminal justice racism, and veterans’ debates about America’s role in the world. His teaching at NYU across History and American Studies included an introductory course on international and ethnic studies, as well as “Race and War in America.” His teaching in Harvard University’s Department of African and African American Studies included the course “The Color Line and Freedom Movements in Geopolitical Context,” as well as “Intersectional and International Social Movements, 1920-2020.”

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