Ezra Evans is a Ph.D student in History with an African Studies Ph.D minor. He graduated in 2019 from the University of California – Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English. His research interests include socialist internationalism, popular culture, and identity formation in postcolonial Tanzania. He is currently completing course work and Kiswahili language learning with funding from a 2020-2021 academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. He is preparing to do research for his dissertation, which will focus on post-revolution Zanzibar and the state-led efforts to reconstruct Zanzibari identity within the framing of post-colonialism, Pan-Africanism, and “Third-Worldism,” ultimately arguing for a more nuanced perception of socialism in Tanzania and complicating further our understanding of African governments’ and African peoples’ participation in the Cold War.
Graduate Student, History