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Medford, MA 02155
Email Prof. 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,
My most recent book is Age of Entanglement: German and Indian
intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press). 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 forthcoming book in Summer 2020 is
in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press).
Along with colleagues, I completed a large digital humanities
project focused on the genealogy of the Third World Humanities, in
which we collected, digitized, and visualized oral history texts. We
Corpora platform as part of this work.
My new research explores global plantation histories that connect
the Caribbean Sea and the Indian Ocean in the nineteenth and
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.
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2007
B.A. Harvard University, 2001. magna cum laude with highest
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.
- 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.
- 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.
World Humanities from South Asian Perspectives: An Oral History
Approach", South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies,
- "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
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.
- 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
- Colonialism in Global Perspective
- Comparative Plantation Histories
- Decolonization and the Body
- German Imperialism
- Modern Intellectual History
- South Asia and the World