Manisha Sinha is professor and Draper Chair in American History. She was born in India and received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on faculty and received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award in Recognition of Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Advising from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she taught for over twenty years. Her research interests lie in United States history, especially the transnational histories of slavery, abolition, and feminism and the history and memory of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Sinha is the author of the multiple award winning The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale, 2016) and The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (UNC, 2000). She is a contributing author to The Abolitionist Imagination (Harvard, 2012), co-editor of Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History (Columbia, 2007) and the two-volume African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty First Century (Pearson, 2004), and has authored numerous articles in scholarly journals and anthologies as well as the popular print media. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg, New York Public Library, co-editor of the Race and the Atlantic World, 1700-1900, a series of the University of Georgia Press, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Civil War Era and Slavery and Abolition. She is currently writing a book on Reconstruction under contract with Basic Books.