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Thomas Trautmann (photo by Lynn Trautmann)

Professor Emeritus

Department of History, 1029 Tisch Hall, 1003

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Anthropology
    • Center for South Asian Studies
    • Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • About

    Selected publications

    In press   Elephants and kings: an environmental history
    2012   Arthashastra: the science of wealth
    2011   India: brief history of a civilization
    2009  The clash of chronologies: ancient India in the modern world
    2006   Languages and nations: the Dravidian proof in colonial Madras
    1997   Aryans and British India
    1987   Lewis Henry Morgan and the invention of kinship
    1981   Dravidian kinship
    1971   Kautilya and the Arthasastra, a statistical investigation of the authorship and evolution of the text

    Edited volumes

    2012 (with Peter M. Whiteley). Crow-Omaha: new light on a classic problem of kinship analysis
    2009   The Madras School of Orientalism: producing knowledge in colonial South India
    2005   The Aryan debate
    1998   (with Maurice Godelier and Franklin Tjon Sie Fat)   Transformations of kinship
    1995   (with Diane Owen Hughes)   Time: histories and ethnologies
    1974   Kinship and history in South Asia

    Named chairs and offices

    President, Comparative Studies in Society and History

  • Education
    • BA Beloit College, 1962
    • Ph.D. University of London, 1968