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Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow
Tufts University
Plantation Empire: An Intellectual and Cultural History of Global Agricultural Capitalism

Kris Manjapra, an associate professor of history at Tufts University, studies global and transnational intellectual history, with a special focus on the political economy and discourses of colonialism and resulting modes of resistance. He is the author of Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press, 2014).

While at the Institute, Manjapra is working on his next book project: a global study of the plantation complex from its modern inception in the Americas in the 17th century to its apotheosis in the Indian Ocean during the 19th and 20th centuries. The work is an intellectual history of how a new way of incorporating land, labor, law, and capital in the Global South came to define the rise of industrial agriculture, global patterns of migration and diaspora, and the modern world order. During the fellowship year, Manjapra will focus on the plantation linkages between the Caribbean and South Asia in terms of the circulation of laborers, crops, and managers between these world regions.

Manjapra earned his PhD in history from Harvard University in 2007. He was named a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and received a 2010 Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant. 

2015–2016 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

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