Brave Space: Manisha Sinha

As part of the Brave Space series, historian Manisha Sinha reflects on her background and life experiences and the 2020 presidential election.

Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair of American History, lectures at the Gentry Building. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Manisha Sinha’s history lessons tell the truth about slavery in the United States. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

An Indian-American with an academic specialty in U.S. slavery, Manisha Sinha’s perspective on current events has been in high demand lately. In recent weeks, she’s had pages and posts in The New York Times, The Nation, CNN, and NPR to name a few. UConn’s James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, Sinha gained notice when her book “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition” won numerous awards including the Frederick Douglass Book Prize.

In the latest installment of the Brave Space podcast series, Lisa Stiepock talks with Sinha about women’s roles in India, how students have changed since she began teaching, and what it means to her to see a Black woman of Indian descent as the vice presidential candidate of a major party in this country.