Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, PhD

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Interim Co-Director
Co-Director, Aging Certificate, Sociomedical Sciences
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences


Dr. Sivaramakrishnan's research explores the cultural politics of aging in south Asia. She is a public historian interested in the history of medical global health concerns and policy and public health practice in developing settings. Prior to coming to Columbia University, she was a David Bell Research Fellow at the Center for Population Studies and Development Studies at Harvard University and received the Balzan Fellowship from University College London for her work on social inequalities and health. She has also won a Scholars Award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Sivaramakrishnan earned a BA from Trinity College, a BA from St. Stephen's College, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. 


Education & Training:
PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
BA, University of Kiel and Australian National University
BA, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi 


Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Aging Center
Columbia University, South Asia Institute
Columbia University, Institute for Social and Economic Research Policy


Honors and Awards:
2012, Scholars Award, National Science Foundation
2008-2010, David Bell Research Fellow of Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University
2008, Balzan Fellowship, University College London. 


Selected Publications:
Sivaramakrishnan, K. (in press). Aging and dependence in an independent Indian nation: Migrant families, workers and social experts. Journal of Social History.

Kumar, S; Calvo, R.; Avendano, M.; Sivaramakrishnan, K.; Berkman, L. F. (2012). Social Support, Volunteering and Health around the World: Cross-National Evidence from 139 Countries Social Science and Medicine 74 696-706. 

Sivaramakrishnan, K. (2011). The Return of Epidemics and the Politics of Global-Local health The American Journal of Public Health 101 1032-41. 

Sivaramakrishnan, K. (2008). The Languages of Science, the Vocabulary of Politics: Challenges to Medical Revival in Punjab Journal for Social History of Medicine 21(3) 521-39. 

Sivaramakrishnan, K. (2006). "Old Potions, New Bottles: Recasting Indigenous Medicine in Colonial Punjab" Wellcome Trust and Orient Longman. 


For more information, please see her Mailman School of Public Health page.