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Dipankar Gupta
Distinguished Professor and Director
Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory
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Prof Dipankar Gupta is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of Centre of Political Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University. He was formerly Professor in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that he joined as a faculty. For a brief period from 1993-1994, he was also associated with the Delhi School of Economics as Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Over the years he has held many visiting appointments in universities in North America, Europe and UK namely Toronto University, Strasbourg University etc. He was Leverhulme Professor in the London School of Economics in 2003. Prof Gupta has also been a Visiting Faculty as a Fulbright Professor, as Shastri-Indo Canadian Fellow, and as Charles Wallace Fellow in international universities. In 2007 he was Woodrow Wilson Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C., USA. Other Visiting Professor appointments include Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain 2009 and Queen’s University, Belfast, UK in 2011. He was the first Asian nominee to the Visiting Asia Chair in the Institute of Politics and Social Science (Sciences-Po), Paris in 2004.

Prof. Gupta is also involved in an advisory capacity in several educational and research institutions. He was the President’s nominee in the Academic/Executive Committees of Visvabharati and Pondicherry University, which are both Central Universities. He has published nearly 70 research papers and won several awards for his academic contributions. He was the editor of the prestigious journal “Contributions to Indian Sociology” for over 15 years till 2006.

Currently Prof Gupta is a member of several boards like RBI, NABARD, National Standards Broadcasting Authority, Punjab Governance Reforms Commission and the Doon School. From 2008-2010, he was a member of National Security Advisory Board. He has regular columns in two national dailies including Times of India. He has written or edited 18 books including, “The Caged Phoenix: Can India Fly?" which was re-published by Stanford University Press in 2009. His latest book is titled “Revolution From Above: India’s Future and the Citizen Elite”.

In 1998 Prof. Gupta started KPMG’s Business Ethics division in Delhi. He led this practice for over five years. In his corporate engagements he has contributed most significantly in setting up customized ethical business manuals, advising clients on corporate social responsibility, and carrying out social audits and sustainability services.

Educated in Delhi School of Economics and JNU from where he obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees respectively, Dipankar Gupta has researched on a number of themes beginning with his first work on the Shiv Sena.

He has been awarded as a Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres in 2010 by the French Government. He also received Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies in 2004 and Eric Wolfe-Krishna Bharadwaj prize for his studies on the Indian peasantry in 2001.
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  • Caste in Question (Sage, 2005),

  • Anti-Utopia: the Essential Writings of Andre Beteille (Oxford U Press, 2006)

  • Learning to Forget: The Anti-Memoirs of Modernity (Oxford U Press, 2006)

  • The Caged Phoenix: Will India Fly? (Stanford U Press 2010, Penguin 2009)

  • Justice before Reconciliation: Negotiating a New Normal is post-riot Ahmedabad and Mumbai (Routledge, 2011)

  • Revolution From Above: India’s Future and the Citizen Elite (Rupa, 2013)

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