A triple gold medalist in History, Dr.Sebastian Joseph passed his M.A in History from the University of Kerala with first class and first rank. He secured the highest marks in B.A History from M.G University and topped the list of candidates in all the three Universities in Kerala and secured State Merit Scholarship. The specialisation in forest history taken for his M.Phil was carried forward in to his PhD, which was later awarded a PHDD Fellowship by the KCHR. Recently, he has been awarded the Charles Wallace Grant of the British Council for academic visit to England. After his joining the college, he has initiated a number of programmes like the Symbiosis, Inter-lecture series and archiving of oral testimonies related to the college and co scripted the signature film on the college, U-Scapes. He has edited the college Journal, Discourses and the proceedings journal of the UGC National Seminar, Environmental History: Issues in Prudence and Profligacy. He has presented a number of papers as resource person on environmental history, oral history, film history and family history in conferences including Indian History Congress, South Indian History Congress and various International and National Seminars. He is a resource person for the refresher course in history offered by the UGC Academic Staff Colleges of the Universities of Calicut and  Kannur  . He has proposed syllabi in environmental history for M.G University, Kerala University and Sree Sankaracharya University. He holds membership in KCHR and South Indian History Congress. He is the coordinator of the open course programme in Environmental History. The courses he currently handles for P.G  include, Approaches to History, Agriculture, Crafts Production and Exchange in India from c. AD l000 to 1800 , History and Social Theory and Landmarks in Indian Environmental History.  An approved Research Guide in History (M.G University) he currently supervises five and open to potential students at PhD level on topics in environmental and oral history.

Academic Positions

  • Present2007

    Assistant Professor

    Department of History, UC College, Aluva

  • 20072006

    Assistant Professor

    Department of History, Pavanatma College, Murickasserry

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2005

    Ph.D. in History

    Kerala University, Trivandrum

  • M.Phil 1993

    Master of Philosophy in History

    Department of History, Kerala University Centre, Kariavattom Campus

  • PG 1988

    Master of Arts in History

    University College, Kerala University,Trivandrum

  • UG 1986

    Bachelor of Arts in History

    NSS Hindu College, Changanacherry

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2019
    Prof M P Paul Award
    Prof M P Paul award for the best Supervisor of PG Dissertation in History for the year 2019
  • 2017
    Historia Award 2017
    Historia award for the best researched work in modern Kerala History for the book Cochin Forests and the British(Primus, 2016)
  • 2012
    Charles Wallace India Trust Award, British Council, London
    Awarded a research grant by the Charles Wallace India Trust, British Council for academic visit to Sussex University, Brighton and British Library,London.
  • 2013
    Prof. M.P Paul Award for Best Supervising Tecaher
    Honoured by Prof.M.P Paul award for supervising the best M.A History dissertation from among all the universities and colleges in Kerala in 2013.
  • 2008
    PHDD Fellowship by KCHR
    Awarded PHDD Fellowship by the Kerala Council of Historical Research for updating and publishing the PhD thesis entitled Change and Continuity in the Forest Policy of Cochin.
  • 1988
    K.P Gopala Menon Gold Medal
    Gold Medal awarded for securing first rank at the M.A History examination conducted by the Kerala University in 1988.
  • 1988
    Kerala University Students Union Gold Medal
    Awarded for topping the list of successful candidates at the M.A History Examination of Kerala University.
  • 1986
    Kerala State Merit Scholarhip 1986
    Awarded for topping the list of successful candidates from all the universities in Kerala at the B.A History examination held in 1986 .