Kavita Sivaramakrishnan

Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan is Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She has been trained in history, political theory and in population health at Trinity College, Cambridge University, the Jawaharlal Nehru University and at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University. Her interests and expertise are in the contemporary history of medicine and science in south Asia. She has published a book on Ayurvedic medicine and the politics of its renewal in late colonial Punjab in India in a book titled, Old Potions, New Bottles (2006). Her current interests are focused on the politics of expertise and population anxieties in global health, in the sphere of population aging. Based on support from an NSF Scholars Award she is working on a book length work titled, Coming of Age. She is also collaborating with Professor David Jones at Harvard University on a history of the making of heart disease in modern India. This project recently received an NEH collaborative award. She has published on the politics of epidemics in colonial India and global health, and is currently working on a paper on the history of infectious diseases such as the plague during the decolonization decades, when these outbreaks were recast in new spaces, conflicts and communities before ‘reemerging’ in global health.