Sunandan KN

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • History of Caste
  • History of Knowledge Production
  • Colonialism and Knowledge
  • History and Sociology of Science


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.

Immediately 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.



Chapter in Edited Book

  • 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 Papers

  • 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