Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha

Manisha 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), named one of the ten best books on slavery by Politico, and The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (2016), an editor's choice of the New York Times book review 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. 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.

A member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical 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 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 and Slavery and Abolition. She has written for the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. She appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 and 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.

Twitter: @ProfMSinha.


  • America's Rotten Borough Electoral College *
  • Reliving the Fall of Reconstruction in the Age of Trump *
  • The Abolitionist Origins of Radical Reconstruction
  • The United States of Trumpistan? *
  • The Slave's Cause: A New History of Abolition
  • Slave Resistance and the Making of American Abolition
  • The Abolitionist International: Anatomy of a Radical Social Movement
  • Did the Abolitionists Cause the Civil War?
  • Allies for Emancipation? Lincoln and Black Abolitionists
  • The Abolitionist Origins of Women's Rights Movement

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


A New History of Abolition

This lecture, based on Sinha's book The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition, was presented at DePaul University in February 2017. Recording courtesy of the university.

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