Kris Manjapra

Kris Manjapra

(617) 627-3799
East Hall
Research/Areas of Interest: Global and Transnational History Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies African Diaspora; Modern South Asia; Modern Europe


  • PhD, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2007
  • AM, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2003
  • BA, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2001


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.