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Prof. Tannistha Samanta
Associate Professor – Sociology
Email: tannistha.samanta@flame.edu.in
PhD in Sociology from University of Maryland; M.A in Sociology from University of Maryland; M.Phil in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum; M.Sc in Economics, University of Calcutta; B.Sc in Economics from University of Calcutta.

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).

Currently, she serves as a co-editor to the journal of Anthropology & Aging (the official journal of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology & the Life Course) and is an editorial board member of the journal, The Sociological Review (SAGE). 

More information on Dr Tannistha Samanta's research and teaching can be found here: https://tannistha05.wixsite.com/tannisthas




  • T.Samanta, K Gopalan & T Devi. 2022. Blocked by Gender: Disparities in COVID19 infection detection in Tamil Nadu, India. Frontiers in Public Health. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.966490

  • Tripathi, A and T. Samanta. 2022. Leisure as Self-care in the times of the pandemic: Insights from a time-use diary study in India. Leisure Studies (Taylor & Francis) DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2022.2121415

  •  Samanta, T. 2022. “The Lost Daughter”: Gerontological reflections of the Life Course Perspective’s Missing Plot. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2022.2059797

  • Samanta, T. 2022 Foodwork as Foodplay?: New Aging Masculinities in Bollywood cinemaThe Gerontologist Oxford Academic. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnac122 (Film and Digital Media).

  • Gosain, Kritika & T. Samanta. 2022. Understanding the role of stigma and misconception in the experience of epilepsy in India: Findings from a mixed-methods study. Frontiers in Sociology. DOI: 10.3389/fsoc.2022.790145

  • Samanta, T. 2022 Review of “The Trouble With Big Data: How Datafication Displaces Cultural Practices by Jennifer Edmond, Nicola Horsley, Jörg Lehmann and Mike Priddy”, Bloomsbury 2022. The Sociological Review Magazine (July 5)

  • Samanta, T & Muskaan Pal. 2022(forthcoming). Motherhood, Morality and Miracle: Mediated Representations of Postmenopausal Reproduction in India in Rajan.I (ed). Springer Handbook of Aging, Health and Social Policy in South Asia


  • *Samanta, T. 2021. This thing called love. The Gerontologist , Oxford Academic (Film and Digital Media) https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnab076

  • *Samanta, T. 2021 Aging, Housing Markets and Social Inclusion: Insights from India. Journal of Aging Studies  (Elsevier), 57 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2021.100939

  • *Samanta, T. 2021. Living solo at midlife: Can the pandemic destigmatize living alone in India? Journal of Aging Studies (Elsevier), 56 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2020.100907

  • *Samanta, T. 2021. Hymen, Interrupted: Negotiating body, markets and consumerist modernity in India, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2021.001

  • *Devi, A; T Samanta & L.H Clark. 2021 Embodied Aging: Everyday body practices and later life identities among South Asian Indian Gujarati Diaspora in Canada, Anthropology & Aging, 42(2). *denotes Flame University affiliation


  • Samanta, T.2020 Of Public spaces and later life amity in urban India: Gerontological musings in pandemic times, Anthropology & Aging, 41(2). https://doi.org/10.5195/aa.2020.313

  • 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

  • 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): 37-5. University of Purdue.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, T & Muskaan Pal. 2022(forthcoming). Motherhood, Morality and Miracle: Mediated Representations of Postmenopausal Reproduction in India in Rajan.I (ed). Springer Handbook of Aging, Health and Social Policy in South Asia

GRANTS (2020)

  • Research grant, (P.I) The Minerva Centre for Intersectionality in Aging, University of Haifa, Israel, Successful aging, intimacy and care cultures among LGBTQ older adults in India| 2020-2022


  • ZiF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research), University of Bielefeld, Germany
    Funding amount sought: EURO 202350 (INR 1.6 crores)
    Role: Principle Investigator

  • UMRI Interdisciplinary Research Pump-prime Grant
    University of Manchester, UK
    Funding sought: £50k (INR 47 lakhs)
    Role: Collaborator