Dr.Sajan ThomasAssistant Professor of Politics and Public Administration

  • M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D
Areas of Interest
  • Mixed methods research

  • Ethnographic Perspectives

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches

  • Political Sociology

Date of joining: 15.02.2017

Phone Number: 8113056730

Email Id: sendsajan@gmail.com


Fredrick Barth – Sutasoma Trust fellowship for doctoral research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway (2009 -2013). Supervisors: Prof. Andrew Lattas and Prof. Bruce Kapferer

Norwegian Lanekassen scholarship for pursuing Mphil degree in Anthropology of Development at the University of Bergen (2006-2008). Supervisor Prof. Bruce Kapferer

Lauritz Meltzer grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, during the PhD extension period (2013-2014)

Fellowship from the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University, Massachusetts, to research on the community-based palliative care movement in Northern Kerala (2006)

Post Doctoral Fellowship (2017) from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi (declined)

DrS. Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities And Social Sciences (2017) from the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi (declined)

Bharat Petroleum scholarship for postgraduate studies and research at the national level (2003-05)

Stipend to research on Intellectual Property Rights from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi (2004)

CSDS-Sarai fellowship to research on the Information Economy and Labour Rights in Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram (2004-2005)

University rank holder for the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science, University of Kerala (2003, 2005)


Research internship at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) between April and July, 2005.

Supra visiting scholar at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen, Denmark (August 2011)

Faculty member at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)-Kudumbashree community college for the post graduate diploma in development praxis (2015-16)

Research Associate, Research Unit on International migration, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram (2016-17)

Invited faculty, Semester-in-India programme for American students, Center for International Academics, University of Kerala (2014)

Expert member, PhD progress evaluation committee, Kerala Council for Historical Research, (2014 and 2015)

Visiting lecturer at the Indian Institute of Archaeology, an institute under the Kerala Council for Historical Research (June -July , 2015)

Member in the Academic committee of PGDDP programme, Tata Institute of Social Sciences- Kudumbashree community college (2016)

Resource person for the refresher course in research methodology, UGC-Academic Staff College, University of Calicut (2013)


Completed one year Mphil coursework in Applied Economics from the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram (2005-06)

Finished a doctoral course titled Philosophy of Social Sciences at Vatnahalsen, Norway (January 2011)

Successfully completed the PhD coursework in Community Psychology at the Oslo Summer School, Norway (2011)

Finished doctoral courses titled “The Search for Order: Territory, Citizen, State and Governance” from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen (2011)

Participated in the Nordic PhD method course titled “From Text to Field and from Field to Text” at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway (21- 23 May, 2012)

Professional visitor at the Frankfurt Book Fair – the world’s largest trade fair of books –in Frankfurt, Germany ( October 2013)

Completed a three week summer course in ‘Philosophy of Social Sciences and Humanities’ from the Centre for Philosophy, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore (June 2006)

Finished two courses as part of the Fulbright educational partnership between University of Kerala and Claremont Graduate University, California (2005).




Thomas, Sajan (2015) The Fear of Fever: Epidemic Persistence and Medical Authority in a Kerala Village. Publisher: University of Bergen, Norway, ISBN: 978-82-308-3420-6. Accessible from the Bergen Open Research Archive http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/17082

Gray, Sarah, Narayan, Camille and Thomas, Sajan (2006) Partnerships for Hygiene and Sanitation Promotion: The case of UNICEF Gujarat and Vasudhara Diary Union. Publisher: United Nations Children’s Fund. Accessible from https://www.sarahgray.info/uploads/1/3/9/5/13957304/partnerships_for_hygiene_and_sanitation_awareness-_the_case_of_unicef_gujarat_and_the_vasudhara_dairy_union_.pdf

Thomas, Sajan (2017) Keralathile Kudumbashree Edapedalukal (edited book). Publisher: State Institute of Languages, Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, ISBN:978-81-200-4247-6

Journal articles

Thomas, Sajan (2017) A New Socio-Medical Gaze: The Political Anatomy of Epidemic Management in Kerala, Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations, Volume 10, Number 1. ISSN: 0973-5011

Thomas, Sajan (2017) A Risk Society Analysis of the Emergent Epidemic Crisis in Kerala, ISDA Journal, Volume 27, Number 4. ISSN: 0971-2550

Thomas, Sajan (2015) The Clash of Domestic Economies: An Ethnography of the Social Relations in Microcredit, Journal of Polity and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1. ISSN:0976-0210

Thomas Sajan (2015) A Historical Anthropology of the Household Economies in Kerala’s Migrant Settlements, ISDA Journal, Volume 25, Issue 3. ISSN: 0971-2550

Thomas, Sajan (2014) Critical Medical Anthropology: Some Epistemological Issues, Journal of Polity and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2. ISSN: 0976-0210

Somasekharan, Jayasekhar, Harilal, KN and Thomas, Sajan (2015) Transformation of Value Chain Governance: The Impact of Food Safety Regime on Fishery Sector of Kerala, Agricultural Economics Research Review, Volume 28, ISSN: 0971-3441

Varkey, Shaji and Thomas, Sajan (2005) Kerala Development Experience in a Technological Age. ISDA Journal, Volume 15, Issue 4. ISSN: 0971-2550

Somasekharan, Jayasekhar, Harilal, KN, Chandran, KP and Thomas, Sajan (2016) Experiencing the food safety regime: Compliance, market access, and coping strategies of Indian fishery sector, Agricultural Economics Research Review, Volume 29, ISSN: 0971-3441

Thomas, Sajan (2016) Religion, Community, Identity: Reform and Change in Kerala, (A review of the book edited by Prof. Ashokan Mundon) ISDA Journal, Volume 26, Issue 3, ISSN: 0971-2550

Chapters in edited books

Thomas, Sajan, Mathew, Aju and Gopala Rao, PrabhuDass (2012) Community-based Palliative Care Initiative in Irudaya Rajan and K.C Zachariah (Ed) Kerala’s Demographic Future: Issues and Policy Options, Centre for Development Studies & Academic Foundation, New Delhi. ISBN 978-81-7188-786-6

Thomas, Sajan and Raj, Jayaseelan (2008) The Kudumbashree weapon of poor: Grassroot States and Self-Developmentalism in Kerala in T.M Joseph (ed) New Governance Paradigm: Issues in Development, Kalpaz Publications, New Delhi. ISBN: 978-81-7835-715-7


My recent Op-Ed articles (co-authored with Dr.Titto Idicula) on national and global issues are accessible from the author page at The Hindu BusinessLine website – https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/profile/author/THOMAS-SAJAN/

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