Manu Vimalassery

Assistant Professor of American Studies
Columbia University

Dr. Manu Vimalassery is an assistant professor of history. He teaches courses on the frontier, race, capitalism, slavery, American Indians and indigenous peoples, migration and diaspora, and imperialism.

Professor Vimalassery specializes in the history of U.S. imperialism, with a focus on the U.S. West. His manuscript, "Skew Tracks: Racial Capitalism and the Transcontinental Railroad," rethinks capitalism through American Indian and Chinese migrant histories. In this work, he restages familiar understandings of railroad history and of the emergence of industrial capitalism, moving from a national frame of analysis into an imperial one.

Professor Vimalassery is a co-editor of "The Sun Never Sets: South Asians in an Age of U.S. Global Power," forthcoming from NYU Press.

Prior to arriving at Texas Tech, he taught at New York University, City College of New York and Williams College. Professor Vimalassery has held research fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He earned his doctorate at New York University, a Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College and a Bachelor of Music at Oberlin Conservatory.