Julie R. Laut recently earned her doctorate in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she specialized in the history of the British Empire, South Asia in a global context, gender and empire, and the U.S. and the World. Her dissertation, "India at the United Nations: A Post-Colonial Nation State on the Global Stage, 1945-1955," argues that the evolving relationship between the postcolonial Indian state and the emergent United Nations produced the foundations of "UN Postcolonialism" -- a gendered cultural construct that emerged in the early years of the UN through both the emotional high of the postcolonial moment and the contradictions of decolonization at the start of the Cold War.
Julie's first introduction to SHAFR was at the 2013 Annual Meeting where she presented a paper on the reception of India's case against South Africa via the Indian diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in the U.S. Black press during the first UN General Assembly in 1946. Julie is currently working on a journal article that draws on her research into the implications of the UN Security Council's failure to intervene after India's invasion of the princely state of Hyderabad in 1948. Other writing projects include a co-written piece on faculty-librarian collaboration in developing undergraduate research projects with a focus on outreach, and a multi-author article looking at the need for summer support for low income, first generation undergraduate students at UIUC.
In addition to coordinating future SHAFR conferences, Julie is an Assistant Acquisitions Editor at the University of Illinois Press.