Alumni (National Fellow)

Simon Stevens

National Fellow
Oxford, UK
B.A. University of Cambridge
M.Phil. University of Cambridge
Ph.D. Columbia University in the City of New York (2015)
Dream Mentor:
Saul Dubow
University of Cambridge
Fields of Interest:
African American History
Foreign Policy
Human Rights
International Relations
Region: Africa
The Cold War


Simon Stevens is a lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield. Previous to his appointment at Sheffield, Stevens was a research fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, and a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He completed his Ph.D. in history at Columbia University, and received his B.A. and M.Phil. in history from the University of Cambridge.

Stevens’s research interests lie in twentieth-century global, international, and transnational history, with a particular focus on transnational mobilizations, political movements, decolonization, and the histories of Africa, Britain, and the United States in the world. He is interested in the history of ideas about how to organize international order, and in the strategies and tactics historical actors - especially those from the global south - have adopted in their efforts to bring about political change. He is currently writing his first monograph, an international history of the use of boycotts and sanctions by the global anti-apartheid movement.

Thesis Description:

“Strategies of Struggle: International Pressure and the End of Apartheid, 1958-1994”
Stevens submitted his dissertation in August 2015. Entitled ’Strategies of Struggle: Boycotts, Sanctions, and the War Against Apartheid,’ his project analyzes the role in the strategy and tactics of the global anti-apartheid movement of campaigns for consumer, sports, and cultural boycotts, governmental trade sanctions, and corporate disinvestment. He explores the multiple shifts in how the core constituents of the anti-apartheid movement believed apartheid might be ended, and how various forms of international action might best contribute to that end.

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