Manisha Sinha was born in India, but she moved to the U.S. to finish her education. Since graduating with a Ph.D. from Columbia–where she studied under Eric Foner–she has made an impact on the history world.
Her first book, The Counterrevolution of Slavery (2000), based on her dissertation, was nominated for the Bancroft Prize. A few years ago, Politico named it as one of the ten books on slavery “you need to read.” Her most recent book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (2016) won the coveted Frederick Douglass Prize.
Dr. Sinha stays busy. She lives in Massachusetts, but commutes to the University of Connecticut, where she is the Draper Chair in American History. She is hard at work on her next book, which examines the Reconstruction era.
Manisha talks with Colin about the publishing field, what it’s like to cut 1/4 million words form a manuscript, and her appearance on The Daily Show during the Obama years.