Uthara Suvrathan has a PhD in Anthropological Archaeology from the University of Michigan, and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Lehman College and Queens College (CUNY). Her research draws on both archaeological and textual material to examine the organization of polities and places on the margins of large socio-political systems and empires in south Asia. Currently she is working on two projects. The first involves an examination of colonial knowledge-gathering projects and its implications for an archaeological investigation of politico-economic landscapes and issues of place-making in early modern South India. The second is a longer archaeological investigation of pre-modern political systems and networks of interaction in South India and the wider Indian Ocean world.
Research Interests: Archaeology, South Asia, Landscapes and Space, Religion and Politics, Maps and Mapmaking