Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and the 2024 President-elect of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (2000), named one of the ten best books on slavery by Politico and featured in the 1619 Project, and The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (2016), long listed for the National Book Award for Non Fiction and winner of the OAH Avery O. Craven Award, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Book Prize, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, and the Southern Historical Association's James A. Rawley Award. Her latest book is The Rise and Fall of the Second American Republic: Reconstruction, 1860-1920 (Forthcoming, 2024). Sinha is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2022. Her research interests lie in the transnational histories of slavery, abolition, and feminism and the history and legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. She is the Eighth recipient of the James W.C. Pennington Award for 2021 from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 2018, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris, Diderot. Sinha has written for CNN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The New York Daily News, and The Washington Post, among other newspapers and journals. She has been interviewed by national and internal media and has lectured all over the world.