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Santhosh Abraham
Assistant Professor
Room No.: HSB 341
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4536
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Academic Background:
  • Ph.D in History, University of Hyderabad, 2008
  • M.Phil in History, University of Hyderabad, 2003
  • M.A in History, University of Calicut, 2002
Research Interests:
  • Legal History, Courts, Trials and Punishment in History
  • Mental Asylums in Colonial India
  • Muslims, History, Education, Social Mobility
Courses Taught:
  • Law and Society
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Indian National Movement
  • History of the Modern World
Teaching Experience:
  • Assistant Professor in History, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras, 2012 - Present
  • Lecturer in History, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, 2010 – 2012
  • Guest Faculty in History, Department of History, University of Hyderabad, 2009 – 2010
Research Fellowships and Awards:
  • Medical Humanities Research Award, Wellcome Trust, London (United Kingdom) June – July 2014.
  • Sheela Raj Memorial Award for Best Ph.D Thesis in History in the year 2010, University of Hyderabad, 2010.
Current Research Projects:
  • Santhosh Abraham, Medicine and British Empire in South India: Psychiatry and Mental Asylums, Funded by Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi.
  • Santhosh Abraham & Satya Sundar Sethy, Professional Ethics for Higher Education in India, Funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.
  • Santhosh Abraham, Colonial Courts, Trials and Conflicts in Early British Malabar, Sponsored by Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT Madras.
  • (2014) Santhosh Abraham, 'Constructing the 'Extraordinary Criminals": Mappila Muslims and Legal Encounters in Early British Colonial Malabar', Journal of World History, Volume 25, Issue 2-3, 2014, (University of Hawai'i Press), pp. 373 – 395.
  • (2013) Santhosh Abraham, 'Formal Writing, Questionnaires and Petitions: Colonial Governance and Law in Early British Malabar', Indian Historical Review, Vol.40, No.2, December 2013, (Sage International) pp. 285 – 305.
  • (2011) Santhosh Abraham, 'Colonial Law in Early British Malabar: Transparent Colonial State and Formality of Practices', South Asia Research, Vol.31, No.3, November, 2011, (Sage International), pp.249-264.
  • (2011) Santhosh Abraham, 'The Making of Colonial Law in British India: A Historiographical Analysis', Indian Law Review, Vol. 3, 2011, pp.116-128.
  • (2011) Santhosh Abraham, 'Classical Legal Traditions: Some Historiographical Interpretations', Journal of History and Social Sciences, Vol.2, Issue I, January-June 2011.
  • (2010) Santhosh Abraham, 'The Making of Colonial Law, Discipline and Corruption in British India', Journal of Indian Law and Society, Vol.2 (Winter), 2010, pp.64-82.
  • (2007) Santhosh Abraham, 'From Negotiation to the Making of Dominance: Colonial Law in Early British Malabar' (1792 – 93) in Rattanlal Hangloo and A.Murali (Eds.) New Themes in Indian History: Art, Politics, Gender, Environment and Culture, New Delhi: Black & White, 2007, pp.160-174.
Recent Conference Papers:
  • (2015) Santhosh Abraham, "Keyi Mappila Muslims of Colonial Malabar: Making of Coastal and Vernacular Cosmopolitan Order", International Conference on Wild Spaces and Islamic Cosmopolitanism in Asia, Organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, at Singapore, 14-15 January, 2015.
  • (2015) Santhosh Abraham, "Institutionalisation of the Mentally Ill: Colonial Lunatic Asylum at Calicut", International Conference on Historical Trends and Contemporary Challenges in the Practice of Medicine in India, Organised by Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras and Wellcome Trust, UK, at Chennai, 29 – 30 January.
  • (2013) Santhosh Abraham, 'Formal Writing, Questionnaires, Petitions and Recording: Colonial Governance and Law in Early British Malabar, 1792 – 1810', in the International Seminar on Thinking Through the Law: South Asian Histories and the Legal Archive, Organized by Princeton University, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and JNU at New Delhi, from 25th to 27th April, 2013.
  • (2012) Santhosh Abraham, 'Jungle Mappilas as Criminal Bandits in Colonial Malabar' in the Workshop on European Encounters with Islam in Asia, 1500-1800, University of Hawai'i (USA), September 28 – 29, 2012.
  • (2009) Santhosh Abraham, 'Colonial Origins of Corruption in India: Malabar, 1792 – 93' in the CODESRIA/SEPHIS Equity Policy Dialogue at Dakar (Senegal), October 1 - 3, 2009.