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Kris Manjapra
Associate Professor of History


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


I joined Tufts History Department in 2008. I study global, transnational, and comparative history, and my fields of expertise include modern South Asia, modern Germany, and the modern Caribbean. I am especially interested in intellectual and social histories of the Global South. My work adopts postcolonial and critical perspectives on the study of race, colonialism, diaspora, and capitalism. My most recent book is Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire. It explores the tangled cultural politics of Indian and German thinkers during the long nineteenth century, in the age of British world hegemony. This book, like my other previous work, deals on themes of anti-colonial cosmopolitanism, trajectories of Marxism, formations of artistic and philosophical modernism, Orientalism and Occidentalism.

My new research focuses on global plantation histories that connect the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. And along with colleagues, I am completing a large oral history project on Bengali and Bangladeshi intellectuals in the age of decolonization, and beginning a new oral history project on Caribbean intellectuals and decolonization.

I have served as the director of Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, and the director of Colonialism Studies at Tufts. 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.




  • "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.

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


  • 2017-2018 Fellow, Berlin Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2017 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising
  • 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



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