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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Manisha Sinha

Manisha SinhaManisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. Born in India, she is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (2000), recently named one of the ten best books on slavery in Politico, and The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (2016), which was featured as an editor's choice of the New York Times book review and which won the OAH Avery O. Craven Award. She received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award as well as the Chancellor's Medal, the highest faculty honor, from the University of Massachusetts, where she taught for over twenty years. An elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, Sinha is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including two year-long fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her research interests lie in early U.S. history, especially the transnational histories of slavery and abolition, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. She has published numerous articles, edited books, and lectured widely on these topics. She is a member of the advisory council of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, part of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library; a coeditor of the "Race and the Atlantic World, 1700–1900" series of the University of Georgia Press; and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Civil War Era. She has written for the New York Times and the Huffington Post and appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014. She was an adviser and on-screen expert for the Emmy-nominated pbs documentary, The Abolitionists (2013), which is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Created Equal film series.


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.