About Sharmistha Gooptu

Sharmistha Gooptu completed her B.A. in History from Presidency College, Calcutta and her M.A. from Calcutta University in 2000. She was awarded the Century Fellowship in 2002 at the University of Chicago to do a Ph.D. on the history of Bengali cinema. She completed her doctorate in 2009 and the thesis was published by Routledge in London and New York as the monograph Bengali Cinema: An Other Nation, and in India by Roli Books in 2010.


Dr.Gooptu has offered courses at the University of Toronto and was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2012.

She is also joint Editor of the Routledge journal South Asian History and Culture and editor of the South Asian History and Culture books series.

She has been member of several UGC committees awarding financial assistance to colleges under the Eleventh and Twelfth Five Year Plans.

An oped columnist for the Times of India, Sharmistha Gooptu has co-curated the book Flashback (with Avijit Ghosh and Srijana Mitra Das), launched on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Times of India in October 2013 (the book includes TOI’s coverage of film and entertainment).

She has also written for Biblio: A Review of Books, Outlook, Open, Verve and other magazines and websites.



Dr. Gooptu is Editor (along with Boria Majumdar) of the South Asia Archive a new, fully searchable digital archive encompassing thousands of pages of valuable research and teaching materials, providing online access to documents ranging from the mid-18th to the mid-20th Century. The South Asia Archive provides an
extensive resource for students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences.
Focusing on South Asia, the Archive contains both serial and non-serial materials, including reports, rare books, and journal runs from noteworthy and rare publications. The documents in the Archive reflect the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India in the fields of education, industry & economy, science , technology & medicine, urban planning & administration, politics & law.
Comprising material sourced from collectors and archivists in India by the South Asia Research Foundation, of which Dr. Gooptu is a Founding Trustee, this Archive brings together a wealth of important primary content.


  • Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge, July 2012.
  • Andrew Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2007.
  • Century Fellowship for doctoral dissertation, University of Chicago, 2002.
  • Chandranarayan Medal for securing first position in M.A. History examinations, University of Calcutta, 2001
  • Kuruvilla Zachariah and Himani Debi Memorial Prizes for securing highest marks in B.A. History (Part II) examinations, University of Calcutta, 1998.
  • Rai Bahadur Debendra Chandra Ghosh Prize for securing highest marks in B.A. History (Part I) examinations, University of Calcutta, 1997.

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