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Dr. Tanni Moitra

Dr. Tanni Moitra

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr. Tanni Moitra is an Assistant Professor of History at School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Sharda University. Dr. Moitra has completed her M.A., M.Phil and PhD from Center of Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and did her graduation in History from Presidency College, Kolkata. Her PhD titled “Extraordinary Circumstances: A Study of Āpad and Āpaddharma in Early Indian Literary Traditions” was awarded in 2018. Pursuing her career in research, she completed her postdoctoral studies titled “Rethinking the Sacred Landscape of Ancient Gandhāra” from at Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich. She received her postdoctoral fellowship under the aegis of the prestigious Anneliese-Maier Research Award funded by the Humboldt Foundation (2016-2019). She was also a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship for her Ph.D. by the Indian Council of Historical Research (2013-2015).

Prior to joining Sharda University, Dr. Moitra worked as Assistant Professor at Adamas University, Kolkata where she also headed the Department of History. She also worked at Jain (Deemed-to be-University) in Bangalore where she was one of the founding faculty members of the School of Creative Liberal Education (SCLE).

Her research interests include Religious studies; manuscripts of ancient South Asia, epic studies and Buddhist and Jain narrative texts.

  • 1.5 Years

Ph.D/ Postdoc

Award & Recognition

  • German Excellence Initiative supported by the Humboldt Foundation Jan 2016 – Sept 2019 Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Graduate School Distant Worlds Ludwig- Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
  • German Excellence Initiative supported by the Humboldt Foundation Oct 2014 – Nov 2014 Visiting Research Scholar at the Graduate School Distant Worlds for one month Ludwig- Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) 2013 - 2015 Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi


  • Tanni Moitra, “The Early History of Āpaddharma: Defining the Attributes: Crisis, Legitimacy, Transgression” in B. Baragli, A. Dietz, Zs. J. Földi, P. Heindl, P. Lohmann and S. P. Schlüter (eds.),  Distant Worlds Journal Special Issue 3, Propylaeum 2021, pp. 133-143
  • Tanni Moitra, “Region through Text: Representation of Gandhāra in the Mahābhārata” in  Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.), Buddhism and Gandhara: Archaeology of Museum Collections, Routledge, 2018
  • Tanni Moitra, “A Semantic History of Āpat : Exploring the Vedic Texts, the Rāmāyaṇa and the Arthaśāstra, Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, 76th Session, University of Gour Banga, (Malda) , 2016, pp. 118-126


  • Sanskrit Language Course, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi
  • German Language – A2 Certification

Area of Interest

  • Epic Studies
  • South Asian Manuscripts
  • Narrative traditions
  • Religious History