PhD (Toronto), 2009
MA (Berkeley), 2000
Jon Soske is professor of modern African history. He received a MA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. From 2009-11, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His first book project, Boundaries of Diaspora: African Nationalism and the Indian Diaspora in 20th century South Africa, rewrites the history of the antiapartheid struggle by examining the interlacing histories of South Africa and India, especially the circulation and reconfiguration of ideas concerning race, nation, caste, and diaspora. His other research and teaching interests include 20th century African intellectual history, Africa’s place in the modern Indian Ocean, southern African liberation struggles, South Asian diasporas in Africa and the Caribbean, Marxism and postcolonial theory, the politics of biographical writing, and the Indian Dalit leader Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He has also worked on a number of curatorial, film, and public history projects, including the exhibition South-South: Interruptions and Encounters (JMB Gallery 2009) and the film African-Indian Odyssey (Ochre Media 2010).
Modern Africa, Intellectual History, Indian Ocean, Transnational and Diaspora Studies