Research Excellence Fellows

Dr. Susan Visvanathan taught at Hindu College from 1983 to 1997. She then joined her alma mater,  Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she was Chairperson from 2009 to 2011. She received her M.Phil and Phd degrees from Delhi School at the Department of Sociology, where she studied from 1979 to 1987. Prof Visvanathan is the author of "The Christians of Kerala" which has run into eight paperbacks, one hardbound, and one e-version. She has published several works of Sociological interest and is a well known writer of literary fiction, who has been selected by the eminent litterateur Prof. Bruce King, as one of the eight authors "Rewriting India", in a book titled by the same name (OUP 2015). Currently Prof Visvanathan is the recepient of the Research Excellence Fellowship at Central European University, Budapest 2018 and of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Delhi School of Economics, 2018. She has also received the Charles Wallace Fellowship to Belfast in 1997, and Visiting Professorships  to MSH Paris and Universite Paris 13. She was Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (1989-1992) and Honorary Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study 1990-1995. She has been guest faculty at Freie University, Berlin and at University of California at Santa Cruz and at San Diego, South Asia Network at Lund University, Sweden and at University of Jamaica at Mona campus. She is the author of  short stories, Something Barely Remembered, short listed for the Common Wealth and CrossWord Awards, and is now taught in 200 Literature Departments in Kerala, at the Undergraduate level. Her latest novel is "Adi Shankara and Other Stories". Her works on Religious Dialogue, "Friendship, Interiority and Mysticism" ( Orient Blackswan, 2007) and "The Children of Nature: Life and Legacy of Ramana Maharshi"  ( Roli, 2010) are now available in 2nd reprint, as is the edited handbook in Sociology: "Structure and Transformation" (OUP 2001.) She had edited a three volume festschrift In honour of Prof T.K Oommen, which is now in press with Windshield Press, New Delhi. She is a regular columnist with Financial Chronicle, New Delhi.