Kathleen D. Morrison


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 238, Chair's Office Haskell 112
Phone: (773) 702-7704 / (773) 834-1249 (Lab) / (773-702-7701 (Chair)
Email: morrison@uchicago.edu
Website: http://www.KathleenMorrisonLab.com

(PhD, UC Berkeley 1992) Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College and Chair of the Anthropology Department, studies the archaeology and historical anthropology of South Asia with a focus on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her interests include state formation and power relations, agricultural organization and change, colonialism and imperialism, landscape history, anthropology of food and stable isotope analysis, urban-rural relations, botanical analysis, Holocene hunting and gathering, and the integration of archaeological, historical, and ecological analysis.

Selected Works

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
n.d. Archaeologies of Flow: Water and the Landscapes of Southern India Past, Present, and Future. Journal of Field Archaeology (in press).
n.d. (w/ Mark Hauser) Risky Business: Rice and Inter-Colonial Dependencies in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans Journal of Atlantic Studies (in press).
2014 (ed. w/ S.B. Hecht & C. Padoch) The Social Lives of Forests: The Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence. University of Chicago Press.
2013 (w/ Mark Lycett) The 'Fall' of Vijaynagara Reconsidered: Political Destruction and Historical Construction in South India History. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. 56(5): 433-470..
2013 The Human Face of the Land: Why the Past Matters for India's Environmental Future. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Papers, History and Society, New Series No. 27. Delhi.
2012 Doorways to the Divine: Vijayanagara Reservoirs and Rural Devotional Landscapes South Asian Studies, 28:2, 157-169.
2010 Dharmic Projects, Imperial Reservoirs, and New Temples of India: An Historical Perspective on Dams in India Conservation and Society, 8(3):182-195.
2012 (w/ S. N. Reddy and A. Kashyap) Agrarian Transitions in Iron Age South India: Social and Environmental Implications South Asian Archaeology 2012, ed. Vincent Lefevre. Paris.
2009 Daroji Valley: Landscape History, Place, and the Making of a Dryland Reservoir System Manohar Press, Vijayanagara Research Project Monograph Series 18. Delhi.
2007 (w/ C.M. Sinopoli) The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey: Volume 1 Anthropological Papers of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
2002 Forager-Traders in South and Southeast Asia: Long-Term Histories edited by Morrison K.D. and LL. Junker, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
2001 Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History edited by S.E. Alcock, T.N. D’Altroy, K.D. Morrison, and C.M. Sinopoli, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
1995 Fields of Victory: Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification Contributions of the University of California Archaeological Research Facility, No.53, Berkeley. (Reprinted 2000, Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi)