Sunandan K.N

Areas of Interest & Expertise

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


Sunandan is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Sunandan obtained his M.A. and PhD from the history department of Emory University, Atlanta, USA. He has Production engineering Degree from, Calicut University, M.A in Sociology from M.G. University Kottayam and M.Phil from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to joining Azim Premji University, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Studies of Developing Societies New Delhi, as part of the in the Transnational Research Group project on Education and Poverty in India funded by the Max Weber Foundation, Germany. He also taught at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tulajapur.

Sunadan’s research interest is spread over the various domains of politics of knowledge.’ Comparing two caste communities in twentieth century Malabar, his PhD research explored the centrality of caste in the production of knowledge in colonial and postcolonial India. His research as part of the postdoctoral fellowship analyzed the concepts of mental and manual labour and its relation to caste practices in school education in Keralam. His other research interests include history of colonial-Brahmanical knowledge practices, history and philosophy of education in India, and science and technology studies.

At Azim Premji University, he is part of School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches various common curriculum courses such as Understanding India and courses in History major for the undergraduate program. He is also part of the curriculum development in the above areas.


  • From Acharam to Knowledge: Claims of Caste Dominance in Twentieth Century Malabar,” History and Sociology of South Asia, 9(2) 174 – 192, July 2015