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Tannistha Samanta

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Tannistha Samanta

Assistant Professor , Humanities and Social Sciences

  • BSc: Bethune College/Calcutta University, 2002
  • MSc: Calcutta University, 2004
  • MPhil: JNU/Center for Development Studies, 2006
  • MA: University of Maryland, 2009
  • PhD: University of Maryland, 2012

Email: tannistha -AT- iitgn.ac.in

Website : http://people.iitgn.ac.in/~tannistha/

Office: 6/348
VOIP: 2428


  • Work Experience

    • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (Dec 2011 to present)
    • Research Intern, Futures Group Global, One Thomas Circle, Washington DC (Summer 2011)
    • Policy Fellow, Population Reference Bureau, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC (Summer 2010)
    • Consultant, ICF Macro International Inc, Calverton, Maryland (Summer 2008)
    • Research Assistant, India Human Development Survey Group, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park (Aug 2008 - May 2009)
    • Senior Research Officer, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, India (Aug 2006 - July 2007)

  • Selected Publications

    1. Samanta, Tannistha. 2019. The joint family and its discontents: Examining ambivalence in intergenerational relationships,
      Asian Population Studies, Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441730.2018.1560659.

    2. 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.

    3. Samanta, Tannistha & Sini Varghese. 2018. Love in the time of aging: Sociological reflections on marriage, gender and intimacy. Ageing International: 1-17. Springer.

    4.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.

    1. 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).

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Samanta, Tannistha (ed) 2016. Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology. Springer International.

    5. 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 International.

    6. 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 International.

    7. 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 International.

    8. 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.

    9. Issacson, M, D’Ambrosio, Lisa, Samanta, Tannistha and Joseph Coughlin (2015). Life stage and Mobility. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 27(4).

    10. Samanta, Tannistha, Chen, Feinian and Vanneman, Reeve (2014). Living Arrangements and Health of Older Adults in India.
      Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbu164.



    Other/Popular Writings

    • Samanta, Tannistha. Gully Boy’s Azadi comes from adigital revolution among urban poor, The Quint (March 13, 2019)
    • Samanta, Tannistha. Sex & respectability utopia in Priyanka Chopra’s Bumble Ad, The Quint, (Feb 2, 2019)
    • Samanta, Tannistha. Bollywood’s re-imagination of growing old. Kafila (July 16, 2018)
    • Samanta, Tannistha & Gundi, Mukta. 2018. Padman, Patriarchy and the Poor Man’s Innovation. Kafila (Feb 28, 2018)
    • Samanta, Tannistha, , International Network for Critical Gerontology, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (April 28, 2017)

  • Awards

    • Research Award, Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equality (EMERGE) Initiative, Center on Gender Equity & Health, UC SanDiego | 2017-2018
    • Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT-Gandhinagar (2013-2014)
    • Visiting Scholar, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada- Spring 2014
    • Departmental Visitor, Center for Excellence in Population Aging Research (CEPAR), Australian National University, Canberra—December 7-13, 2013
    • Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI)- Santander Universities Fellowship Brown University, Providence, RI----Summer 2013
    • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award, The Graduate School, University of Maryland, College Park---- Fall 2011
    • RAND Summer Institute Fellowship, , RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA-- Summer, 2011
    • Fellows Program in Population Policy Communications, Population Reference Bureau, Washington DC----- 2010-2011
    • International Teaching Fellowship, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, College Park, MD----- 2008-2009