Sunandan K N

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Historical and Sociological Study of Caste
  • Practices of Knowledge Production
  • History and Sociology of Science
  • Politics of Caste and Religion


After attaining BTech in Production Engineering, I did MA in Sociology from Mahatma Gandhi (MG) University, Kottayam and MPhil in Science Policy Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. I completed the degrees of MA in History and PhD in History from Emory University, Atlanta, USA.

After finishing PhD in 2012, I taught at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur for a brief period and then joined a Postdoctoral Project funded by Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi.

I joined Azim Premji University in May 2015.




  • Sunandan, K.N. (2022). Caste, Knowledge and Power: Ways of Knowing in Twentieth Century Malabar. Cambridge University Press.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Sunandan, K. N. (2022). Locating Education: School, Family and Community and the Practice of Care. In J. Nair (Ed.), Un/​Common Schooling: Educational Experiments in Twentieth Century India. Orient BlackSwan.
  • Sunandan, K. N. (2020). Constitution, Democracy and Patriotism. In A. Vavad and Nisar A.C. (Eds.), Citizenship Law: Religion, Nationalism and Politics. Book Plus.

Journal Articles

Working Paper

Conference Presentations

  • Sunandan, K. N. (2017, September). Politics of Ignoring: Caste and Knowledge Production in Twentieth-Century Malabar, India. KINDAS Lecture Series, School of Asian and African Studies, University of Kyoto.
  • Sunandan, K. N. (2016, September). Inhabiting Two Worlds: Dalits and School Education in Keralam. 28th Annual Conference of Japanese Association for South Asian Studies, University of Tokyo.
  • Sunandan, K. N. (2015, July). The New Claims of Ritual Domination: Nampoothiri Children in the Special Schools. Annual Conference of Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Magazine Articles