Prof. Dipankar Gupta taught sociology and social anthropology in Jawahar Lal Nehru University for about thirty years, from January 1980 to July 2009 when he took early retirement.
He worked on a number of themes from ethnicity to caste and rural mobilizations. The overall theme of his research has been the relationship between traditional and modernity.
He has been an editor, contributed to scholarly journals; and has written and edited fifteen books. His latest publication is the Caged Phoenix: Can India fly? This was brought out by Penguin Book.
He has taught in several universities in India and abroad and is currently serving on a number of government bodies such as the National Security Advisor Board and the National Broadcasting Authority. He is also currently a member of the Board of Governors of The Doon School.