Dr. Tanni Moitra completed her B.A. in History (Honors) from Presidency College, Kolkata and thereafter did her M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, with a specialization in Ancient Indian History. She also received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from JNU, New Delhi. Her doctoral research was on an ancient legal injunction called āpaddharma which is simplistically explained as “legal immunities” in modern usage. Her specialization includes ancient South Asian literature like the Indian epics and a wide range of ancient texts from the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jain traditions. She was a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship during her Ph.D. by the Indian Council of Historical Research (2013-2015).
Pursuing higher studies and research, she completed her postdoctoral studies at Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich where her research project involved a study of the Early Historic religious landscape of the region of Gandhāra (present day Peshawar, Pakistan). She worked on the ancient Gāndhārī Prakrit manuscripts apart from the regional archaeological records. Dr. Moitra was supported for her postdoctoral fellowship under the aegis of the prestigious Anneliese-Maier Research Award funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2016-2019). She also taught Indian languages at the Institute of Indology and Tibetology at LMU in Munich. In 2014, she was also invited to work as a visiting researcher at LMU.
Prior to joining Adamas University, Dr. Moitra worked as an Assistant Professor, Humanities—History at Jain (Deemed-to be-University) in Bangalore. She was one of the founding faculty of the School of Creative Liberal Education (SCLE) where she worked towards designing a Liberal Education model which aimed at aligning with the new age learning system that catered to the changing employment as well as higher education/research scenarios. Apart from redesigning the History curriculum, she also developed course structures for Humanities, Discover Heritage Programme and Appreciating Art. In 2008, she also briefly taught Tourism studies at the IGNOU centre of Dinabandhu Andrews College, Kolkata.