Dipankar Gupta received his Ph.D. from JNU in 1977. Between 1979-1980, he worked as a Fellow in the Centre for Social Studies, Surat. He joined Jawaharlal Nehru University as a faculty member in 1980 and taught Sociology there for nearly three decades and retired as Professor in 2009. For a brief period between 1991 and 1993, he was also Professor in the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Distinguished Professor at Shiv Nadar University.
Dipankar has authored 16 books and edited 6 books on subjects such as ethnicity, agrarian movements, caste, stratification, modernity and citizenship. He has also published over a hundred research articles. His current interest is in the relationship between sociology and public policy.
The last three books he authored are: “Checkpoint Sociology: A Cultural Reading of Policies and Politics” (Aakar 2022); “QED: India Tests Social Theory”, (OUP 2018) and “From People to Citizens: India’s Must Take Road” (Routledge/ Social Science Press, 2017)
He was Co-Editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology for over 15 years. He served on several Boards such as the National Security Advisory Board, National Broadcasting Standards Authority, Reserve Bank of India NABARD and Doon School. He is also Emeritus Professor of Jamia Milia Islamia.
He was awarded the Knighthood of Arts and Letters by the French Government and received an Honorary Causa Degree from Burdwan University. He is also a recipient of the Malcolm Adeseshia Award.