Mandy Izadi

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I am in the final stages of my D.Phil at Oxford University’s Faculty of History. My doctoral research investigates the oft-segregated intersections of Native American and African American history. The dissertation that I am writing focuses on Creek and Seminole Indians, and the slaves, Britons and Spaniards with whom they allied in their struggles against American imperial expansion. The geographical parameters of their lives, and accordingly, of the project, reach from Florida outwards to nearby Caribbean outposts. To research and write this project, I have travelled to archives in London, New York, Washington DC, Georgia, and Florida.

I received my B.A. in History from New York University, and my M.A. in American History from the University of Maryland. I recently presented a paper at Harvard University’s conference on ‘Caribbean Diaspora Reconsidered’; and in June 2013, I helped to plan the inaugural Oxford-Yale conference on Indigenous Studies at Oxford.

I was drawn to studying History at NYU because I began to learn things about the American national past that I had never heard before; and I felt an urgency–to walk deeper into what had been silenced in my public education.  I guess I haven’t stopped since.

Currently, I am working on finishing up my dissertation. I enjoy teaching and mentoring undergraduates here at the University; and am deeply committed to using my historical perspective to better understand relevant, contemporary issues–the global trafficking of human beings; the impoverishment of native communities; and the myriad connections and discordances between democracy and capital.