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Ph.D. - Sociology | University of Maryland - USA

Prof. Tannistha Samanta
Ph.D., University of Maryland, Sociology, 2012; MA, University of Maryland, Sociology, 2009; MPhil, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Applied Economics, 2006; MSc, University of Calcutta, Economics, 2004; BSc, University of Calcutta, Economics, 2002;

Associate Professor – Sociology

Prof. Tannistha Samanta is Associate Professor – Sociology at FLAME University. She received her PhD and Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has completed M.Phil. in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. She also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University of Calcutta.

Prof. Tannistha has a total work experience of over nine years and was associated with IIT, Gandhinagar and Indian Institute of Health Management, Jaipur.

Her research falls at the interdisciplinary crossroads of sociology and gerontology by blending quantitative and interpretive approaches. She examines questions relating to intergenerational relationships, sexual and reproductive health, social capital and the role of culture. She has published in international journals in sociology, gerontology and population studies and has been an editor to a volume entitled "Cross-cultural and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology" (Springer Nature, 2017).

Journals & Book Chapters (Peer-reviewed)


  1. Isaacson, M; Tripathi, A; Samanta, T; D’Ambrosio and Coughlin, J. 2020. Giving voice to the environment as the silent partner in aging: Examing the moderating roles of gender and family structure in older adult wellbeing. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health., 17(12) https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/12/4373
  2. Ray, Debapriya and Samanta, Tannistha*. 2020. Motherhood Penalty?: Examining gender, work and family among science professionals in India. Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and ADVANCE Working Paper Series 3(1): 37-51
  3. Samanta, Tannistha. 2020. Women’s Empowerment as Self-Compassion: Empirical Evidence from India. PLOS One., 15(5): https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232526
  4. Sharma, Anupam & Samanta, Tannistha*. 2020. Crafting “youthful” desire and “doing” masculinity: Narratives of middle aged to older men in the Grindr grid. Ageing International. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12126-020-09372-z
  5. Samanta, Tannistha. 2020.Aging in e-place: Reflections on online communities for the aged in India. Journal of Women & Aging, Taylor & Francis 32(1): 114-121. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08952841.2019.1681884


  1. Samanta, Tannistha. 2019. The joint family and its discontents: Examining ambivalence in intergenerational relationships, Asian Population Studies, Taylor & Francis. 15(1): 28-46 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441730.2018.1560659


  1. Samanta, Tannistha. 2018. The “Good Life”: Third Age, Brand Modi and the cultural demise of old age in India. Journal of Anthropology & Aging., 39(1): 94-104. http://anthro-age.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/anthro-age/article/view/208
  2. Samanta, Tannistha & Sini Varghese. 2018. Love in the time of aging: Sociological reflections on marriage, gender and intimacy. Ageing International: 1-17. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12126-018-9332-z
  3. Devi, Anusmita and Samanta, Tannistha. 2018. Media and age-coded representations of later life: An analysis of selected print advertisements of English language magazines in India. Journal of Women & Aging. Taylor & Francis, 31(6): 513-539. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2018.1521655


  1. Gangopadhyay, J and Tannistha Samanta. 2017. “Family Matters”: Ageing and intergenerational social contract in urban Ahmedabad, Contributions to Indian Sociology, SAGE. 51 (3): 1-23. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0069966717720962
  2. Samanta, Tannistha 2017. Examining the role of context: Aging, family structure and health. In Mishra & Rajan (eds). India’s Aged: Needs & Vulnerabilities. Orient Black Swan. India


  1. Samanta, Tannistha. 2016. Bridging the gap: Theory and research in social gerontology (chapter 1) in In Samanta, T (ed). Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Springer Nature
  2. Samanta, Tannistha & Gangopadhyay, Jagriti .2016. Social Capital, Interrupted: Sociological reflections from old age homes in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (chapter 6) In Samanta, T (ed). Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Springer Nature
  3. Rajan, S.I, Devi, Anusmita and Samanta Tannistha. 2016. Antecedents of subjective wellbeing among older adults in Kerala. (chapter 8) in Samanta, T (ed). Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Springer Nature
  4. Samanta, Tannistha, Shivakumar Jolad, Mukta Gundi, Malavika Subramanyam .2016. Ahmedabad-District Human Development Report, District Collector, Ahmedabad and Gujarat Social Infrastructure Development Board, Government of Gujarat. Available: http://www.in.undp.org/content/dam/india/docs/human-development/District%20HDRs/9.%20Ahmedabad_DHDR_2016.pdf


  1. Samanta, Tannistha, Chen, Feinian and Vanneman, Reeve. 2015. Living Arrangements and Health of Older Adults in India. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 70(6): 937-47. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbu164
  2. Issacson, M; D’Ambrosio, Lisa; Samanta, Tannistha and Joseph Coughlin. 2015. Life stage and Mobility: An exploratory GPS study of mobility in multigenerational households, Ahmedabad, India. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 27(4). Taylor & Francis. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08959420.2015.1058123
  3. Samanta, Tannistha. 2014. Household context, social capital and well-being of older adults in India. Series II, Working Paper- 2, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). 
  4. Samiparna Samanta and Tannistha Samanta. 2011. “Our Culture, Their Culture: Discourses on History, Identity and Imperialism” in  Parashar. S & Wong. Y (eds) Inequality in a Globalizing World- Perspectives, Processes and Experiences, Kendall-Hunt Publishing,  Dubuque, IA. *: Corresponding author

Book/Edited Volume
Samanta, Tannistha (ed) 2016. Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Springer Nature. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811016530

Samanta, Tannistha. 2020. “Review” of Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: Multidisciplinary international perspectives. King, Andrew, Almack, Kathryn and Rebecca L. Jones (eds). Journal of Anthropology & Aging, 41(1): 123-25
Samanta, Tannistha. 2018. “Review”. Rev. of Successful Aging: Asian Perspectives. Springer by Cheng, Sheung-Tak, Chi, I, Fung, H.H, Li, W, L & Woo, J (2015). Journal of Women & Aging, Taylor & Francis. 30(3).

Papers under review
Samanta, Tannistha. Hymen Interrupted: Negotiating Body, Markets and Consumerist Modernity, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, (Status: Under Review)
Samanta, T. Going Solo in Mid-life: Can the pandemic de-stigmatize living alone? EPW-Engage (Status: Under Review)

Papers under preparation
Devi, A; Samanta, T; Hurd, LC. Embodied aging: Everyday body practices and later life identities among South Asian Indian Gujarati diaspora. (to be submitted to Aging & Society)
Samanta, T. Aging, Housing Markets and Social Inclusion: Insights from India (to be submitted to EPW-Engage)
Samanta, T. Of aging, public places and later-life entanglements: Notes from India (Invited article for Anthropology & Aging, Fall 2020 )

Other/Popular Writings/Media

Invited Guest speaker, “Thinking Allowed”, BBC Radio 4 Podcast: “Trust in the time of a pandemic” (June 22, 2020)

Middleclass-ness, Delivered: Sociological reflections of fast food chains during the pandemic  (forthcoming), (with Shreya Sen), https://www.solidarityandcare.org/stories (Sociological Review)

Of grandparents, memories and the pandemic. somatosphere.net (April 28, 2020)

A beginner’s guide to the importance of social capital during a pandemic The Wire (March 30, 2020)

Covid-19: In sickness and in wealth. Forbes India (March 20, 2020)

Gully Boy’s Azadi comes from a digital revolution among urban poor, The Quint (March 13, 2019) https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/gully-boy-digital-culture-urban-poor-youth-emancipation

Sex & respectability utopia in Priyanka Chopra’s Bumble Ad, The Quint, (Feb 2, 2019) https://www.thequint.com/voices/women/bumble-app-india-priyanka-chopra-sex-and-respectability

Bollywood’s re-imagination of growing old. Kafila (July 16, 2018)

(with Gundi, Mukta). 2018. Padman, Patriarchy and the Poor Man’s Innovation. Kafila (Feb 28, 2018)

Culture, aging and social capital, International Network for Critical Gerontology, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (April 28, 2017)