Namita Sugandhi
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Areas of Expertise

Non-state complex societies, South Asian archaeology, political archaeology and micropolitics,
ceramic analysis, origins of the Brahmi script, heritage management, decolonized strategies of
archaeological practice.

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Namita Sugandhi

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Recent courses taught:

  • Ancient Civilizations and Empires
  • Ceramics and Archaeology
  • Anthropology of South Asia
  • Fundamentals of Archaeology
  • Introduction to Anthropology

Selected publications:

  • “Archaeology of South Asia” (2015). International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. J. Wright, ed. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • “Tekkalakota through the Ages: recent research and perspectives” (2014). Man and Environment 39:62-80.
  • “Conquests of Dharma: Network Models and the Study of Ancient Polities” (2012). In Territoriality in Archaeology. J. F. Osborne and N. P. VanValkenburgh, eds. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 22:145-163.
  • “Historical Archaeology of Asia” (2012). Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd edition. N. A. Silberman, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • “Researching a Living Site: Articulating the Intersection of Collaboration and Heritage in a Transnational Village” (2011) with Teresa Raczek, Lalit Pandey and Prabodh Shirvalkar. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 26: 119-135.
  • “Archaeology of Hinduism” (2011) with Kathleen Morrison. Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion. T. Insoll, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • “In the Heart of the Village: Exploring Archaeological Remains in Chatrikhera Village, Rajasthan, India” (2010) with Teresa Raczek. Expedition 52:22-30.
  • “Context, Content and Composition: Questions of Intended Meaning and the Asokan Edicts” (2003). Asian Perspectives 42:224-246.

College service and professional affiliations:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for American Archaeology