Bishnu N. Mohapatra is a social theorist and poet, an educator and a commentator on society, politics and culture. He was born in Odisha and spent his early years in its rural hinterland. Bishnu taught politics for more than twenty-five years in University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Azim Premji University. He has held visiting appointments at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, National University of Singapore, University of Kyoto, Japan, and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He has lectured at several universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. From 2002 to 2010, he headed the governance portfolio of the Ford Foundation’s South Asia office in Delhi.
He does his social science in English and his poetry in Odia. Bishnu has published in the areas of identity politics, democracy, minority rights, urban politics, civil society and social capital. He is currently researching on cities and its multiple imaginings in history. He is also in the process of initiating a collective research project that seeks to understand the conceptual universe embedded in India’s Bhasa literature.
Bishnu is a well-known Indian poet. He has authored four books of poetry and has translated two volumes of Pablo Neruda’s poetry into Odia. A volume of his poetry in the English translation – a fragile world- was published in 2005.
Professor Bishnu Mohapatra has a Master’s degree in Political Science from University of Delhi, an M. Phil in Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a D. Phil. in Politics from University of Oxford.
Bishnu is currently a professor at Krea University.