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Tufts University
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Kris Manjapra
Associate Professor of History
Interim Director, Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora


Modern South Asia
Modern Germany


Intellectual History, Transnational Studies, Postcolonial Studies
Urban History, Oral History, Digital Humanities


I joined Tufts History Department in 2008. My research is in modern South Asian and German history, and I am especially interested in transnational approaches and postcolonial critical perspectives. My most recent book is Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire. It compared and connected the rise of modernism in Germany and India in the period of British world power.

My work crosses national and imperial boundaries and pursues a multi-focal study of intellectual history, the history of science and scholarship, and the history of nineteenth and twentieth imperialism and international politics. I have written on anti-colonial cosmopolitanism, trajectories of Marxism, artistic and philosophical modernism, Orientalism and the politics of cross-cultural encounter.

I am now engaged in two projects.  The first, based on a large oral history archive developed over the past ten years, studies the intellectual history of Bengal and Bangladesh in the latter twentieth century, and seeks to historicize the rise of South Asian postcolonial thought.  I collaborate on this project with Dr. Nielesh Bose and Dr. Iftekhar Iqbal.

My second, larger, concern is the global history of plantations, and the trans-continental entanglements that made industrial agricultural possible.  Focused especially on the circuits of labor, capital, culture, and resistance, that developed between the Caribbean and South Asia over hundreds of years, it also triangulates the special place of German-speaking Europe in the emergence of plantation complexes.

As the co-director of the South Asia Digital Humanities Lab at Tufts, I organize the Corpora multimedia archiving project that aims to create an indexed repository of oral histories, lectures, and other educational audio-visual materials across disciplines.

I teach courses on intellectual history in global perspective, South Asia in the world, Germany in the world, colonialism and anti-colonialism, modern European intellectual history, and postcolonial thought.




  • "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.

Reviews and other projects

  • "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.


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 2007
  • B.A. Harvard University, 2001


  • 2015-2016 Fellow, 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