Dr Sivaramakrishnan has expertise in the history of medicine in South Asia and researches the politics of global health. Her book, "Old Potions, New Bottles" explores the changing agenda and mobilization of indigenous medicine and its practitioners in twentieth century India. Her current research interests focus on how aging populations have been historically constructed as a problem on a global scale and the evolution of the norms, evidence and practices that have made them visible as a singular, international agenda over past decades. She is also working on the making of knowledge about the plague as an endemic disease during the decades of international health, and on a conceptual history of disease categories. Her collaborative research includes ongoing projects on the making of cardiovascular disease and the politics of expertise in India, changing notions of hazards and panics and on the role of history and memory relating to past epidemics and scientific interventions. She is also the PI in a project on Healthy Aging in India, supported by Pfizer and is conducting this through the institutional support provided by the International Longevity Center at the Mailman School. She teaches courses on population aging, the lifecourse, on globalization and health and on plagues and pandemics at the Mailman School and at the History Department in Columbia University.
Sivaramakrishnan, K. "Aging and dependence in an independent Indian nation: Migrant families, workers and social experts," forthcoming, in the Journal of Social History.
Kumar, S; Calvo, R.; Avendano, M.; Sivaramakrishnan, K.; Berkman, L. F. "Social Support, Volunteering and Health around the World: Cross-National Evidence from 139 Countries" Social Science and Medicine 74 696-706. March 2012
Sivaramakrishnan, K. "The Return of Epidemics and the Politics of Global-Local health" The American Journal of Public Health 101 1032-41. June 2011
Sivaramakrishnan, K. "Recasting Disease and Its Environment: Indigenous Medical Practitioners, the Plague, and Politics in Colonial India, 1898-1910" Recasting Disease and Its Environment: Indigenous Medical Practitioners, the Plague, and Politics in Colonial India, Cultivating the Colonies: Colonial States and their Environmental Legacies, Ed. Ax, Brimnes, Jensen and Oslund Ohio University Press USA 191-213 2011
Sivaramakrishnan, K. "The Languages of Science, the Vocabulary of Politics: Challenges to Medical Revival in Punjab" Journal for Social History of Medicine 21(3) 521-39 2008
Sivaramakrishnan, K. ""Old Potions, New Bottles: Recasting Indigenous Medicine in Colonial Punjab"" Wellcome Trust and Orient Longman 2006