Andrew Ivaska is an historian of modern Africa with research interests that center on Africa’s place in the 20th century world. His early work focused on urban contests around gender, global culture, youth, modernity, and the state in early postcolonial Tanzania. This culminated in his first book, Cultured States: Youth, Gender, and Modern Style in 1960s Dar es Salaam (Duke University Press, 2011), which the AHR review called "a pioneering work in the historiography of postcolonial Africa." Cultured States won the Bethwell A. Ogot Prize, awarded by the African Studies Association for the best book in Eastern African Studies, and was a finalist for the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, awarded by the Canadian Historical Association for the best book in a field outside of Canadian history.
Dr. Ivaska's next book project, tentatively titled Liberation Itineraries: Dar es Salaam, Political Exile, and the Making of the 1960s, reconfigures the global map of Sixties political activism from the vantage point of one of its key Third World relay stations.