Matthew Kustenbauder M.Div.
Matthew Kustenbauder, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history at Harvard University, has received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education. The Fulbright will fund ten months of research in South Africa for his dissertation, “South African Cosmopolitans in a British Imperial World, c. 1850-1950.” Kustenbauder’s research examines the making of non-racial democracy in South Africa. For over a century, southern Africa was a gatepost of the British Empire, at the crossroads between East and West. Coastal towns and their hinterlands were sites of cultural dynamism, where African chiefs, British merchants, American missionaries, Boer farmers, Indian indentured laborers, and colonial administrators all rubbed shoulders, competed, and cooperated in surprising ways. Kustenbauder will weave together the successes and failures of a diverse cast of characters and chronicle their linkages to India, America, and Europe to illustrate the global processes that shaped how South Africa became a rainbow nation long before 1994. In doing so, he aspires to contribute to studies of colonialism, cosmopolitanism, and the African past.
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