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Kris Manjapra

Stearns Trustee Professor of History and Global Studies

Kris Manjapra works at the intersection of global history and the critical study of race and colonialism. His research connects the Caribbean and Indian Ocean worlds. His books include a comparative study of global emancipation processes and the implications for reparations movements today: Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation (Scribner and Penguin, 2022), shortlisted for the 2022 New England Book Award and the 2023 British Academy Book Prize. His previous book, Colonialism in Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2020), contributes to the emerging field of global race, colonialism, and diaspora studies. Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectual across Empire (Harvard, 2014) won the 2019 International Merck-Tagore Prize. Professor Manjapra is a general editor of The Cambridge History of Colonialism and Decolonization. He is the founder of a site-based nonprofit, Black History in Action, dedicated to the restoration and reactivation of a Black cultural heritage center in Cambridge, MA. Professor Manjapra directs the Arts & Humanities Social Action Lab at Northeastern University.

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