Krish Seetah

Krish Seetah

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Affiliated faculty at The Europe Center

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Stanford University
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Krish Seetah's research covers a range of issues relating to colonialism and colonization. Prof. Seetah is the director of Stanford's ‘Mauritian Archaeology and Cultural Heritage’ (MACH) project, which studies European Imperialism and colonial activity. Much of his work uses bioarchaeological materials, with a strong emphasis on human-environmental interactions. He is keen to use the long duree perspective to help contextualize the most recent phase of globalization witnessed in the IOW, and study both the impacts of imperialism on ecology, identity and the development of nationhood following mass diaspora.

His teaching focuses on osteoarchaeology, human-animal relationships, the the Indian Ocean World. Recent publications include a monograph titled ‘Humans, Animals and the Craft of Slaughter in Archaeo-Historic Society (Cambridge University Press), and an edited volume ‘Connecting Continents: Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean’ (Ohio University Press), which won the 2019 Society for American Archaeology Book Prize in the Scholarly category. Seetah gained his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, holds two MSc degrees, the first in Ecology and a second in Osteoarchaeology, with a BA in Biology. He has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, UK, the Scientific Research Center, Slovenia, and was an ERC Research Fellow at Reading University, UK.

Other Affiliations

Department of Anthropology