The Team


Dr Zoe Headley

Zoe coordinated EAP 314 (2010), EAP 458 (2011-2013) and EAP 689 (2014-2016).

After studying social anthropology in SOAS (University of London), EHESS (Paris) and the SAI (Heidelberg Universität), Zoe Headley joined the CNRS (CEIAS, Paris).  Her research focuses on social morphology and the contemporary articulations of caste identity in Tamil Nadu as well as comparing different forums of dispute settlement, whether legal, customary, illegal, occult and divine.

S. Ponnarasu

Pons co-coordinated EAP 458 (2011-2013) and EAP 689 (2014-2016).

Following his M.A. in Madras University, S. Ponnarasu gained considerable fieldwork experience working with a number of important research projects hosted by the IFP as well as with individual researchers, with a wide scope of topics, from microfinance to masculinity, to mangroves, etc… While working in the EAP 314 pilot project on Tamil customary law, he resumed his studies and is currently pursuing his PhD on the ethnohistory of Kongu Nadu.

M. Thanuja

Thanu co-coordinated the EAP 314 project (2010).

After completing her PhD research on the social organization of the Konda Reddis of Andhra Pradesh, Thanuja was awarded the Urgent Anthropology Fellowship by the RAI. She later collaborated with the Rural Employment and Microfinance (RUME) programme of the IFP. She also coordinated a project on ‘Forms of Money with the Konda Reddis’ funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, UCl, Irvine before before joining the Center for the Study of Social Exclusion (Pondicherry University) in 2010 as faculty.

Research Team:

Bhagat Singh

Anand Jothi

N. Ganeshan

Ganeshan has recently joined us 😀  His photo and biodata will be uploaded shortly

V. Muthukumar

Muthukumar is pursuing his PhD in Epigraphy and Archaeology at Tamil University (Thanjavur). He has gained good experience in the field of archeology (Adhichanallur, Porunthal, Thandikudi) as well as epigraphy while working with the Saraswati Mahal library for the National Mission for Manuscripts.

P. Chandran

P.Chandran is a gifted photographer who, besides his creative talents, has worked for a leading Tamil newspaper for several years before joining the now completed Palm-leaves Manuscript Digitization Project jointly run by the IFP and EFEO.

V. Krishnasami

Krishnasami began working with researchers through the SITA programme (Wisconsin) in Madurai. After his time there, as a field assistant and language instructor, he has worked with many anthropologists carrying out research in central Tamil Nadu.


Chaku took part in the EAP 314 project (2010).

Before joining the project EAP 314, David Chakravarthy –who holds and Mphil from Madurai Kamaraj University, worked for a diversity of research projects (microfinance, water management, tribal knowledge). He also has a vast experience in assisting researchers and PhD students in the field.

S. Selvakumar

Selva worked 10 months on the EAP 458 project (2011-2012).

Before joining this project, Selvakumar has worked on a number of archeological explorations and excavation sites (Porunthal, Thandikudi, Mahabalipuram) and was part of the Historical Atlas of South India project. He is completing his PhD in the department of History of Pondicherry University.

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