Sinha, Manisha 1962-

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SINHA, Manisha 1962-


Born November 2, 1962, in Patna, India; naturalized U.S. citizen; daughter of S. K. (a provincial governor) and Premini (Verma) Sinha; married Karsten R. Stueber (a professor), December 27, 1988; children: Sheel K. Ethnicity: "Asian Indian." Education: Delhi University, B.A. (with honors), 1984; State University of New York at Stony Brook, M.A., 1985; Columbia University, M.Phil., 1988, Ph.D., 1994. Politics: "Liberal/Left." Religion: Hindu.


Home—20 Whittemore Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566. Office—W. E. B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, 325 New Africa House, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003; fax: 413-545-0628. E-mail—[email protected].


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, fellow at W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, 1992-94; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, assistant professor, 1994-2000, associate professor of history, 2000—. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, fellow in humanities, 1994-95; lecturer at colleges and universities, including University of Münster, 1998, Mount Holyoke College, 1996, Harvard University, 2000, the Citadel, 2000, and Indiana University—Bloomington and Stanford University, 2001; speaker at Smithsonian Institution and local historical societies.


American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Southern Historical Association.


Whiting fellow in humanities, 1992-93; grant from American Council of Learned Societies, 1994; Rockefeller fellow, 1994-95; grant from American Philosophical Society, 1999.


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

(Editor, with John H. Bracey, Jr.) African Americans: A Documentary History from the African Slave Trade to the Twenty-first Century, two volumes, Prentice-Hall (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Feminist Nightmares, Women at Odds: Feminism and the Problem of Sisterhood, edited by Susan Ostrov Weisser and Jennifer Fleischner, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1994; Red Badges of Courage: Wars and Conflicts in American Culture, edited by Biancamaria Pisapia, Ugo Rubeo, and Anna Scacchi, Bulzoni (Rome, Italy), 1998; and Black Imagination and the Middle Passage, edited by Maria Diedrich, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Carl Pedersen, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1999. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Civil War History.


The Triumph of American Radicalism: African Americans and the Movement to Abolish Slavery, 1775-1865; research on black abolitionists.


Manisha Sinha told CA: "As a historian, I am primarily interested in writing books that will change and inform our historical knowledge. I am inspired by the subject of my works, particularly the African-American struggle for equality in this country. I have also been inspired by some of the foremost chroniclers of black history, such as Eric Foner, Barbara J. Fields, Lawrence Levine, Henry Louis Gates, and of course the great W. E. B. Du Bois.

"I tend to research my topics exhaustively first. I read all author/historians who have written on the topic and all 'primary documents'; in archives and libraries. As a rule, I write continuously for a year to complete a project. The civil rights movement and my interest in race led me to my topics."



Choice, May, 2001, J. Z. Rabun, review of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina, p. 1682.