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
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Colonialism in Global Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2020)
- Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2014). Winner of the 2019 Merck-Tagore Award, granted by the Goethe-Institut.
- M.N. Roy: Marxism and Colonial Cosmopolitanism (Delhi: Routledge 2010).
- Co-edited with Sugata Bose, Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas (London: Palgrave 2010).
- 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
- When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?, The Guardian, March 29, 2018
- "Introduction" to an editors' forum on " The Practices of Transnational Studies" in New Global Studies New Global Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, March 2010.
- Contribution to Forum on "Asia, Germany, and the Transnational Turn". Edited by Bradley Naranch in German History, vol. 28, no. 4, December 2010.