Kris Manjapra

Kris Manjapra

Associate Professor
Chair of Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, & Diaspora
East Hall, Room 305
6 The Green, Medford, MA


I joined Tufts History Department in 2008. I study global, transnational, and comparative history. I am especially interested in connected histories of the Global South. My work adopts postcolonial and critical perspectives in the study of race, colonialism, diaspora, and capitalism.

My most recent book is Colonialism in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2020). My book, Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press, 2014), explored the tangled cultural politics of Indian and German thinkers during the long nineteenth century, in the age of anti-colonial nationalism. It received the international 2019 Merck-Tagore Award. I am currently writing a book on archives of slavery and emancipation across the Black Atlantic. My long-term research project focuses on global plantation histories.

Along with colleagues, I completed a large digital humanities exploration of the genealogy of the Third World Humanities using oral histories. We developed the Corpora platform as part of this work.

I serve as the Chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. I have held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. And I am honored to be the 2017 recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students at Tufts.


  • PhD Harvard University, 2007
  • BA Harvard University, 2001. magna cum laude with highest honors.


  • Global and Transnational History
  • Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies
  • African Diaspora; Modern South Asia; Modern Europe
  • Intellectual History, Transnational Studies, Postcolonial Studies
  • Urban History, Oral History, Digital Humanities

Selected Honors and Awards

2019 International Merck-Tagore Prize of the Goethe Institute
2017-2018 Fellowship, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study)
2017 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising at Tufts University
2015-2016 Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Emerging Scholar 2015
Tufts University Teaching with Technology Award, 2012
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Free University, Berlin, 2010-2011
NEH Collaborative Research Grant Recipient, 2010
Berger Family Digital Humanities Research Grant, 2009
Neubauer Faculty Fellow, Tufts University, 2009-2010
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, UCLA, 2007-2009
Krupp Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2004-05
DAAD Fellowship for Research in Germany, 2004-05

Selected Publications and Presentations



  • Manjapra, K. "Necrospeculation: Emancipation, Finance, and Black Redress," Social Text. No. 139. June 2019.
  • Manjapra, K. 2020. "Queer Diasporic Practice of a Muslim Traveler: Syed Mujtaba Ali's Chacha Kahini" in: Johannes Feichtinger, Anil Bhatti, and Cornelia Hülmbauer eds., How to Write the Global History of Knowledge-Making. Springer Press.
  • Manjapra, K. 2019. "Anti-Imperialism and Interregnum", Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, volume 2. Edited by Peter Gordon and Warren Breckman.
  • Manjapra, K, and Lowe, Lisa. 2019. "Comparative Global Humanities After Man", Theory, Culture, Society, vol. 36.
  • Manjapra, K. 2019. "The Semi-Peripheral Hand" in: David Motadel and Christoph DeJung eds., The Global Bourgeoisie. Princeton University Press.
  • "Plantation Dispossessions: The Global Travel of Agricultural Racial Capitalism", in: Sven Beckert and Christine Desan, eds., American Capitalism: New Histories (New York: Columbia, 2018), pp 361-388.
  • "Third World Humanities from South Asian Perspectives: An Oral History Approach", South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 2018.
  • "Asian Plantation Histories at the Frontiers of Nation and Globalization", Modern Asian Studies, vol. 52, part 4, July 2018, 1-22. doi:10.1017/S0026749X17000403
  • "Transnational Approaches to Global History: A View from the Study of German-Indian Entanglement", German History, 2014, vol. 32, no. 2, pp 274-293.
  • "The Impossible Intimacies of MN Roy", Postcolonial Studies, 2013, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp 169-184.
  • "Knowledgeable Internationalism and the Swadeshi Movement, 1903-1921", in: Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 47, no. 42, October 20, 2012.
  • "Stella Kramrisch and the Bauhaus in Calcutta", in: The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranath Tagore. Edited by R. Siva Kumar (Ahmedabad: Mapin, 2011), pp 34-40.
  • "From Imperial to International Horizons: A Hermeneutic Study of Bengali Modernism," in: Modern Intellectual History, vol. 8, no. 2, August 2011.
  • "Introduction" to Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas. Edited by Sugata Bose and Kris Manjapra (London: Palgrave 2010).
  • "Communist Internationalism and Transcolonial Recognition" in Cosmopolitan Thought Zones, edited with Sugata Bose (London: Palgrave 2010).
  • "The illusions of encounter: Muslim 'minds' and Hindu revolutionaries in First World War Germany and after," in: Journal of Global History, vol. 1, no. 3, November 2006.

Digital Humanities projects

Reviews and other projects

Teaching/Courses Taught

Colonialism in Global Perspective
Comparative Plantation Histories
Decolonization and the Body
German Imperialism
Modern Intellectual History
South Asia and the World