Competition: US & Canada
Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She was born in India and received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She taught at the University of Massachusetts for over twenty years and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on faculty. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina, which was named one of the ten best books on slavery in Politico and featured in The New York Times’ 1619 Project. Her recent book, the multiple award winning The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition was long listed for the National Book Award for Non Fiction. She is the author and editor of several other books and articles. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and two from the Mellon Foundation. A historian of the long nineteenth century, her research interests lie specifically in the transnational histories of slavery, abolition, and feminism and the history and legacy of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her Guggenheim project is on the Reconstruction of American democracy under contract with Liveright (Norton).