Manisha Sinha was born in India and received her doctorate in American History from Columbia University in 1994 where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft Prize. She is Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the recipient of the President’s Fellowship and the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities from Columbia University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research fellowship from Harvard University, the Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and grants from the National Endowment in the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She is the author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), co-editor with John H. Bracey, Jr. of African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the African Slave Trade to The Twenty First Century Vols. I & II (Prentice Hall, 2004) and author of several articles in African American history, southern history, and the coming of the Civil War. She has also lectured widely in southern and African American history. In 2003, she was appointed to the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecture Series. At present, she is working on a book on African Americans and the movement to abolish slavery, under contract with Harvard University Press.



The Counterrevolution of Slavery:  Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, 2000)

Finalist, Avery O. Craven Award for Best Book on the Civil War Era, Organization of American Historians, Finalist, George C. Rogers Award for Best Book on South Carolina history

Co-edited with John H. Bracey, Jr., African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the African Slave Trade to the Twenty First Century Vol. I To 1877  & Vol. II From 1865 to the Present (Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2004)

Redefining Democracy: African Americans and the Movement to Abolish Slavery, 1775-1865  (Under contract with Harvard University Press)

Co-edited with Penny Marie Von Eschen, Contested Democracy: Politics, Ideology and Race in American History (Under consideration by Columbia University Press)


“An Alternative Tradition of Radicalism: African Americans and the Metaphor of Revolution, 1775-1865” in Manisha Sinha and Penny Marie Von Eschen eds, Contested Democracy: Politics, Ideology and Race in American History

“Black Radicalism in the Age of Revolution” for William and Mary Quarterly Roundtable

“Lynching: Telling the History of an American Crime,” for Mississippi Quarterly

“Coming of Age: The Historiography of Black Abolitionism,” in Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism edited by John Stauffer and Timothy Patrick McCarthy (New Press, Forthcoming 2006)

“Black Abolitionists in New York City, 1800-1860,” in Ira Berlin and Leslie Harris eds., Enslaved City: Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition in New York City, 1625 to 1865 (New Press, Forthcoming 2005)

“Eugene D. Genovese: The Mind of a Marxist Conservative,” Radical History Review 88 (Winter 2004): 4-29

"The Caning of Charles Sumner: Slavery, Race and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War,” Journal of the Early Republic Vol. 23, No. 2 (Summer 2003): 233-262

"Revolution or Counterrevolution? The Political Ideology of Secession in Antebellum South Carolina," Civil War History Vol. XLVI No. 3 (September, 2000): 205-226

"Judicial Nullification: The South Carolina Led Southern Movement to Reopen the African Slave Trade in the 1850s" in Maria Diedrich, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Carl Pedersen eds., Black Imagination and the Middle Passage (Oxford University Press, 1999) 127-143

"The Caning of Charles Sumner and the Struggle for a Non Racial Democracy in the Age of the Civil War" in Biancamaria Pisapia, Ugo Rubeo, and Anna Scacchi eds., Red Badges of Courage: Wars and Conflicts in American Culture (Bulzoni Editore, Rome, Italy, 1998) 304-314

"Louisa Susanna McCord: Spokeswoman of the Master Class in Antebellum South Carolina," in Susan Ostrov Weisser and Jennifer Fleischner eds., Feminist Nightmares Women at Odds: Feminism and the Problem of Sisterhood (New York University Press, 1994) 62-87

"Bluffton Movement" and "South Carolina Exposition and Protest" in Junius P. Rodriguez ed., Chronology of World Slavery (ABC-CLIO, 1999) 280, 307

“Nullification” and “James Henry Hammond,” in Walter Edgar ed., The South Carolina Encyclopedia (A Project of the South Carolina Humanities Council, Forthcoming)

Reviews and Review Essays

Review Essay, “His Truth Is Marching On: John Brown and the Fight for Racial Justice,” in Civil War History (Forthcoming 2006)

Anne Sarah Rubin, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868 (University of North Carolina Press, 2005) in The American Historical Review (Forthcoming)

Robert Tinkler, James Hamilton of South Carolina (Louisiana State University Press, 2004) in The Journal of Southern History (Forthcoming)

Claude A. Clegg III, The Price of Liberty: African Americans and the Making of Liberia (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) in Georgia Historical Quarterly 89 (Summer 2005): 256-257

Review Essay, “American Slavery Ten Years Later,” Journal of American Ethnic History 24 (Fall 2004): 105-109

Book Review, Peter Kolchin, A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth Century South in Comparative Perspective, in The Arkansas Historical Quarterly 43 (Autumn 2004): 325-327 

Review Essay, Stokley Carmichael with Michael Thelwell, Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael) in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (February 2004): 130-133

Book Review, Susanna Delfino and Michele Gillespie, Neither Lady Nor Slave: Working Women of the Old South (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) in The American Historical Review (December 2003): 1451-1453

Book Review, William C. Davis, Rhett: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Fire-Eater (University of South Carolina Press, 2001) in The Journal of American History Vol. 89 No. 4 (March 2003) 1528-1529

Book Review, Forrest McDonald, States Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876 (University Press of Kansas, 2000) in The Alabama Review (January 2003) 72-75

Review, David F. Ericson, The Debate over Slavery: Antislavery and Proslavery Liberalism in Antebellum America (New York University Press, 2000) and James Simeone, Democracy and Slavery in Frontier Illinois: The Bottomland Republic (Northern Illinois University Press) in American Political Science Review Vol. 96 No. 2 (June 2002) 419-20

Book Review, Christopher J. Olsen, Political Culture and Secession in Mississippi: Masculinity, Honor, and the Antiparty Tradition, 1830-1860 (Oxford University Press, 2000) in The American Historical Review (April 2002) 544-545

Book Review, Leonard L. Richards, The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860 (Louisiana State University Press, 2000) in North Carolina Historical Review Vol. LXXVIII No. 2 (April 2001) 251-252

Book Review, John R. McKivigan and Stanley Harrold eds., Antislavery Violence: Sectional, Racial, Cultural Conflict in Antebellum America (University of Tennessee Press, 1999) in Mississippi Quarterly (2000) 334-337

Book Review, Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country By Stephanie McCurry (Oxford University Press, 1995) in Gender and History Vol. II No. 1 (April 1999) 185-186

Book Review, Glorying in Tribulation: The Lifework of Sojourner Truth By Erlene Stetson and Linda David (Michigan State University Press, 1994) in New York History Vol. LXXVI No. 4 (October 1995) 444