Kathleen Morrison

Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology

University Museum Room 513


My research focuses on thehistorical ecology of Southern Asia, especially changes in agriculture, landuse, and environment, integrating approaches from archaeology, history, andenvironmental science. Current projects include: (1) work on the long-term relationshipsbetween biodiversity and human land use; (2) LandCover6k, a ‘big data’ projectusing archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental evidence to improveclimate models; (3) network and spatial analysis of Middle period South Indianinscriptions and archaeological sites; and (4) ongoing work on the archaeologyof farming, food, and power relations in South India from the Neolithic to theEarly Modern period.


Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1992, M.A. University of New Mexico 1986; BA.: University of Notre Dame 1984.

Research Interests

South Asia, historical anthropology, colonialism and imperialism, archaeological method and theory, agriculture, landscape history, political ecology, water and irrigation, pollen analysis, stable isotope analysis, anthropology of food, conservation and heritage, biodiversity.

Selected Publications

2016, K.D. Morrison. On PuttingTime in its Place: The Practice of Archaeology and the Politics of Time, Cambridge Archaeological Journal,26(4):619-641

2015, Gaillard, M., K.D.Morrison, and N. Whitehouse. Past Anthropogenic Land-Use and Land-Cover Changeat the Global Scale for Climate Modelling Studies: PAGES LandCover6k WorkingGroup, Quaternary Perspectives.22(2):25-27.

2015, Morrison, K.D.  Archaeologies of Flow: Water and theLandscapes of Southern India Past, Present, and Future, Journal of Field Archaeology. 40(5):560-580.                                              

2015, Morrison, K.D. and Mark W.Hauser. Risky Business: Rice and Inter-Colonial Dependencies in the Indian andAtlantic Oceans, Atlantic Studies12(3):371-392.

2015, Morrison K.D.Provincializing the Anthropocene, Seminar.673: 75-80                     

2016, K.D. Morrison, M.T.Lycett, and M. Trivedi. Megaliths and Memory: Excavations at Kadebakele and theMegaliths of Northern Karnataka, in Proceedingsof the 20th Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeologyand Art, Vol. 2, ed. Widorn, Verena & Ute Franke. Turnhout: Brepols,241-252.        

2016, K.D. Morrison.  From Millets to Rice (and Back Again?):Cuisine, Cultivation and Health in Early South India, in A Companion to South Asia in the Past, ed. Gwen Robbins Schug andS. Walimbe. New York: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 358-373.

2014, S.B. Hecht, K.D. Morrison,and C. Padoch, eds. The Social Lives ofForests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence, University ofChicago Press, Chicago.

2013, Lycett, Mark T. and K.D.Morrison. The “Fall” of Vijayanagara Reconsidered: Political Destruction andHistorical Construction in South Indian History, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient,56(5):433-470.

2010, Morrison, K.D.  DharmicProjects, Imperial Reservoirs, and New Temples of India: an HistoricalPerspective on Dams in India. Conservationand Society 8(3):182-195.



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