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
  • Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
  • Fundamentals of Archaeology
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Material Culture Analysis
  • Political Archaeology
  • Field Research in Archaeology – Pine Lake Archaeological Field School

Selected publications:

    • “The Archaeology of Hinduism.” (2023) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology.
    • “Sacred Spaces and Local Places: Temples and Shrines in the Religious Landscape of Tekkalakota.” (2022) In The Hindu Temple: Materiality, Social History and Practice. Edited by Himanshu Prabha Ray, Uthara Suvrathan and Salila Kulshreshtha. Routledge. Co-author with C.M. Manohar and Ashok Akbari.
    • “Unfolding the Landscape of the Southern Neolithic: Recent Explorations at Tekkalakota.” (2022) Co-author with Shobha V. In Beyond Stones and More Stones: Volume Three. Ravi Korisettar, ed. Bangalore: The Mythic Society.
    • “Change and Continuity: Tekkalakota during the Iron Age.” (2021) Co-author with Shobha V. In Iron Age in India: Some More Thoughts. Abhayan G.S., Rajesh S.V., and Preeta Nayar, eds. Pp.135-147. Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala. Open Access e-publication
    • “Chai and Conversation: Archaeology as Ethnography of Communication.” (2020) Co-author with Teresa P. Raczek. In Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association: Engendering Heritage: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Archaeological and Heritage Practice. Tiffany Cain and Teresa P. Raczek, eds. 31: 80-95.
    • “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:

    • Committee of Academic Standards (Chair)
    • Hardy Chair in Anthropology (2023-2025)