Kesavan Veluthat is a historian specialising in early medieval history of India with a focus on south India. He has taught in different Government Colleges in Kerala between 1975 and 1982. He joined the newly formed Mangalore University in 1982. He took retirement as Professor and Chairman of the Department of History in 2008 and joined the Univerisity of Delhi in 2009. He was a visiting professor at various institutions including Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris; Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris; Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He knows epigraphy and languages such as Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada apart from Malayalam and English. His publications include Brahman Settlements in Kerala: Historical Studies, The Political Structure of Early Medieval South India, Kerala Through the Ages, State and Society in Pre-modern South India,The Early Medieval in South India and Irreverent History: Essays for M. G. S. Narayanan.