Director of Graduate Studies
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Grace Davie is Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Queens College. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Grace is the author of Poverty Knowledge in South Africa: A Social History of Human Science, 1855-2005 (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She has also published essays in The Journal of Southern African Studies, OD Practitioner, and Politique Africaine. Although future research and collaborations will surely take Grace back to southern Africa, her current research explores the impact of the international anti-apartheid movement on American politics. Drawing on interviews and archival research, Grace is examining how civil rights activists, New Left intellectuals, and labor organizers searched for alternative methods of organizing local communities and the working class in the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in the popularization of power structure analysis, divestment tactics, shareholder strategies, and what came to be called labor union “corporate campaigns.” Grace's new book seeks to contribute to our understanding of global capitalism, social movements, and political concept-formation in the late twentieth century by using the story of the emergence of corporate campaigns as a lens onto the complexities of this historical period and the dilemmas that faced—and still face—progressives in the United States.