Tanika Sarkar graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta, and from Calcutta University. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation at Delhi University. She has taught at Indraprastha College and at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and she retired as Chair, Modern History, at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
She has also taught as Visiting Professor at the universities of Yale, Chicago, Witswaterand (South Africa), at CeMis, at the University of Gottingen, and at Grinnell College, US. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Trinity College, Cambridge, and at the universities of Washington, Keele, Dublin, Edinburgh, Pavia, Berkeley, and at Zentrum Moderner Orientale in Berlin. She has delivered the plenary address at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians in 1996, the keynote address at the European Association for South Asian Studies in 2012, and at the Bi-Annual Conference of South Asian Studies, New Zealand in 2015.
She has been on the advisory boards of :
- Journal of Women’s History (John Hopkins University Press )
- South Asia Research, (School of African and Oriental Studies, London)
- Women’s History Review (Portsmouth, UK )
- Journal of South Asian Development, (Sage, London )
- Indian Economic and Social History Review (Delhi)
She has served on the Governing Body of the Centre for Studies in Developing Societies, Delhi.