The Kerala Scholars eGroup has a simple, two-tier structure on the lines of H-Net. Reflecting the broad vision of the eGroup and the goal to uphold high standards, the following members serve at present.


M.T. ANSARI: Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Hyderabad (India). Author of Malabar: Desheeyathayude Ida-padukal, and articles on Kerala, including in Subaltern Studies XII. Co-edited Discourse, Democracy and Difference: Perspectives on Community, Politics and Culture.

MANALI DESAI: Dept of Sociology, University of Cambridge (UK). Author of State Formation and Radical Democracy in India, 1860-1990 and journal articles on Kerala, including in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and Social Science History.

J. DEVIKA: Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Bilingual author of books, including En-gendering Individuals: The Language of Re-forming in Early Twentieth Century Keralam, and Womanwriting = Manreading?.

RICHARD W. FRANKE: Montclair State University, New Jersey (US). Resident of Ecovillage at Ithaca. Co-author of Democracy at Work in an Industrial Co-operative (Cornell University Press), Kerala: Radical Reform as Development in an Indian State, and Local Democracy and Development: The Kerala People’s Campaign for Decentralized Planning.

RAJAN GURUKKAL: Kerala State Higher Education Council, Thiruvananthapuram. Historian, former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, and author of Social Formations of Early South India (Oxford University Press).

PATRICK HELLER: Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University (US), and Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Author of The Labour of Development: Workers in the Transformation of Capitalism in Kerala, India (Cornell University Press), co-author of Social Democracy in the Global Periphery (Cambridge University Press), and author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on Kerala.

SURAJ JACOB: Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. His work, including on Kerala, has appeared in Governance, Politics & Gender, and India Review.

ROBIN JEFFREY: La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia), Australian National University, Canberra, and Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. Author of the acclaimed works The Decline of Nayar Dominance; Politics, Women and Well-being; and India’s Newspaper Revolution, among others.

GEORGE GHEVERGHESE JOSEPH (Chair): Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester (UK) and Dept of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada). Author of the classic The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics (Princeton University Press) and A Passage to Infinity: Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and Its Impact, among others.

DILIP MENON: Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa). Author of Caste, Nationalism and Communism in South India: Malabar, 1900–1948 (Cambridge University Press), among others.

M.G.S. NARAYANAN: Eminent historian, Kozhikode. Former Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Author of Perumals of Kerala, 100+ research papers, half-a-dozen books in English, and popular essays and books in Malayalam.

CAROLINE OSELLA: Dept of Anthropology and Sociology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK). Co-editor of Islamic Reform in South Asia (Cambridge University Press), co-author of Men and Masculinities in South India, and author of several journal articles on Kerala.

K. SATCHIDANANDAN: Poet of international repute, editor, translator, and academic, New Delhi. Honoured widely in India and abroad. Former Secretary, Kendra Sahitya Akademi.

AJAY S. SEKHER: Dept of English, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady (Kerala). Scholar of Dalit Studies. Bilingual author whose works include Sahodaran Ayyappan: Towards A Democratic Future and Unknown Subjects: Songs of Poykayil Appachan (translation).

PRERNA SINGH: Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University (US). Political scientist, Co-Director of the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics, co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics, and author of journal articles, including on Kerala.

C.S. VENKITESWARAN: National Award–winning film critic and film maker, Thiruvananthapuram. Bilingual author of books and articles on Malayalam cinema.


ASHOK R. CHANDRAN: Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai. Publishing professional. Recipient of New India Foundation fellowship and a former Senior Commissioning Editor at SAGE Publications.

In the past

2016/01 – 2017/10 – Ismail M.P. (List Editor – LE2)
2017/01 – 2018/12 – Muhammed Afzal P. (List Editor – LE3)
2017/01 – 2018/12 – Sudheesh R.C. (List Editor – LE4)
2018/04 – 2020/01 – Sindhu Jose (List Editor – LE2)
2019/01 – 2020/12 – Shilpa Menon (List Editor – LE3)
2019/01 – 2020/12 – Samseer Mambra (List Editor – LE4)

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