Sureshkumar Muthukumaran

Humanities (History)

Career Development Postdoctoral Fellow


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Dr Sureshkumar Muthukumaran received his BA in History with First Class Honours at University College London (2008-2011); MSt in Greek and Roman History at the University of Oxford (2011-2012) and his PhD in History at University College London (2012-2016).

Dr Muthukumaran specialises in the history of connectivity in ancient Eurasia, with a particular focus on its biological aspect i.e. the anthropogenic spread of flora, fauna, pests, commensals and microbial pathogenic organisms. He is currently working on transforming his PhD thesis, which explores the spread of tropical Asian crops to the Middle East and the Mediterranean in antiquity, into a book manuscript.

The Tamil Diaspora in Pre-Modern Southeast Asia. In Mahizhnan, A. and Gopal, N. (eds.) From Sojourners to Settlers – Tamils in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Singapore: Institute of Policy Studies and Indian Heritage Centre, 2019, 26 – 44.

Literary evidence for taro in the ancient Mediterranean: A chronology of names and uses in a multilingual world with I. Grimaldi et al. PloS one 13, no. 6 (2018): e0198333.

Between Archaeology and Text: The Origins of Rice Consumption and Cultivation in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 24(1) (2014) 1-7.

Review of R. Darley, Indo-Byzantine Exchange: Fourth to Seventh Centuries. Dissertation Reviews Online (January 11, 2016):

Tree Cotton (G. arboreum) in Babylonia. In Foietta, E. et al (eds.) Cultural and Material Contacts in the Ancient Near East. Florence: Apice Libri, 2016, 98 – 105.

Review of R. Mairs, The Hellenistic Far East: archaeology, language, and identity in Greek Central Asia. Journal of Hellenic Studies 136 (2016) 1-2.


Literature and Humanities I