Sunaina Danziger

Graduate Student

Sunaina Danziger is a PhD student in global/international history. She studies the relationship between global intelligence networks and competing visions of world order, particularly from the interwar period to the early Cold War. Her research explores the intersecting histories of global fascism, global communism, and anti-colonialism, and their interactions with the security states of liberal democracies.

Sunaina is broadly interested in global intellectual history, the history of geopolitics, and tensions between nationalism and internationalism in the twentieth century. Her work also engages with questions of time/temporality, subjectivity, and modernism in politics, literature, and art.

Sunaina received her BA in History from Harvard College. Her senior thesis—awarded the Philip Washburn Prize for best thesis on a historical subject and Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work—explored how US recruitment of former Nazi scientific, military, and intelligence personnel contributed to the rhetorical and ideological construction of the “West” between 1945 and 1949.

Before beginning graduate studies, Sunaina worked as an editor and foreign-policy researcher in Washington, DC.

Year of Study
Second Year
Area of Interest
Colonialism & Post Colonialism
Diplomatic History
Foreign Relations
Imperial History
Intellectual History
Political History
Theory of History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
20th Century