Prof. Susmita Sengupta

Political Science Department

Designation: Professor


MA, M.Phil, Ph.D (North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong)

Areas of Interest/Specialization: 

Indian Politics, Political Economy, Politics of  Northeast India


Teaching in NEHU since 1994. Taught in Government Colleges of Arunachal Pradesh during 1991-1994. 

Research Projects:

UGC-SAP Project completed in 2014.

Awards (if any): 

Awarded National Scholarship and Merit Scholarship for securing 8th position in High School Leaving Certificate Examination. Awarded Gold Medal as University Topper in MA (Political Science) in 1985 and was felicitated by late PM Rajiv Gandhi at a Toppers’ Reception in New Delhi in 1986.

Phd Awarded/Supervised: 

Six Ph.D and two M.Phil awarded till September 2019. Supervising 4 Ph.D and 1 M.Phil. till September, 2019.

Academic affiliations (if any):

Served as a member of the Programme Committee of the Annual International Conferences of Political Science, Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR) organized by Global Science and Technology Forum(GSTF) and held in Singapore in 2014, 2015 and 2016.



  1. Regionalism in Meghalaya, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2005, ISBN: 81-7003-288-1.
  2. Radical Politics in Meghalaya- Problems and Prospects, Kalpaz Publications, New Delhi, 2009. ISBN: 978-81-7835-742-3.
  3. Social Forces and Politics in North East India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2013, ISBN: 978-81-86307-68-7, Edited jointly with Apurba K. Baruah.


  1. Nationalism and Regional Parties of Meghalaya”, Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol. LXV, No.2, ISSN:0019-5510, April-June, 2004, pp.199-218.
  2. “ArunachaleseVersus Chakmas- A Study of Ethnic Conflict in Arunachal Pradesh”, North East India Studies, Vol.1, No. 1, ISSN: 0973-1180, June 2005, pp.65-73.
  3. “Nationality Question and National Integration: Reflections on Paradoxes Confronting the Indian State”, Global Science and Technology Forum, International Journal of Law and Social Sciences, Vol.3, No.1, ISSN: 2251-2853, October, 2013, pp.24-29.
  4. “Identity Assertion by the Bodos of North East India: Exploring the Role of the Educated Middle Class”, Global Journal of Human-Social Sciences: G Linguistics and Education, Vol.14, Issue.2, ISSN: 0975-5861, March, 2014.
  5. “Transformation and Consolidation of Bodo Identity: An Inquiry into the Role of the Middle Class”, the Standard International Journals, ISSN: 2321-2411,Vol.2, Issue.3, May, 2014, pp.123-127.
  6. “Regional Agenda and Assembly Elections in Meghalaya: A Historical Assessment”, the Political Anvil, A Journal of the Department of Political Science, Synod College, Shillong, ISSN: 2319-7528, Vol.2, N0.1, December, 2013, pp.1-12.
  7. “State Autonomy, Nationality Question and Self Determination in India- Response of the State”, Journal of Political Sciences and Public Affairs, Vol.1, Issue.2, ISSN: 2332-0761, June 26, 2013.
  8. “Extremist Politics as an Instrument of Ethnic Assertion among the Bodos of North East India”, International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication, Vol.4, No.8, ISSN: 2160-6579, August 2014, pp. 527-534.
  9. “Transformation and Consolidation of Ethnic Identity in Arunachal Pradesh: Exploring the Role of the Educated Elite”, Journal of Political Sciences and Public Affairs, Vol. 3, Issue 2, ISSN: 2332-0761, May 30, 2015.
  10. “Language as a Catalyst to Identity Assertion among the Tribes of North East India”, Journal of Socialomics, ISSN: 2167-0358, May 24, 2016.
  11. “Global Ambitions and Local compulsions: Exploring the Paradoxes Confronting Meghalaya in North-East India”, International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences, ISSN: 2162-6359, May 5, 2016.
  12. “Ethnicity and Development – A Civil Society Perspective from North- East India”, Asian Institute of Research, Journal of Social and Political Sciences, ISSN: 2621-5675, July 9, 2018.

Book Chapters

  1. “Politics of Coalition in Meghalaya: Meghalaya United Parliamentary Party (MUPP) Coalition of 1990-1991”, Girin Phukon and Adil-ul-Yasin (eds). Working of Parliamentary Democracy and Electoral Politics in Northeast India, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 1998, pp.201-209.
  2. “Regionalism in Meghalaya- An Analysis of the Perceptions of National Political Parties”, Girin Phukon (ed). Political Dynamics of North East India, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2000, pp.165-173.
  3. “Migration and Ethnic Issues in Northeast India : An Analysis of the Arunachal Pradesh Situation”, Girin Phukon (ed). Ethnicity and Polity in South Asia, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2002, pp.258-266.
  4. “Inter- Ethnic Conflict in Arunachal Pradesh: Some Issues”, Girin Phukon (ed).Inter- Ethnic Conflict in Northeast  India, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2005, pp.111-117.
  5. “Entrepreneurship in Meghalaya in the Post-1972 Period- an Analysis”, David R. Syiemlieh and Manorama Sharma (eds). Society and Economy in North- East India, Vol. 3, Regency Publications, New Delhi, 2008, pp. 86-92.
  6. “Socio-Political Assertions of Bodos: an Analysis”, C.J.Sonowal(ed). Quest for Identity, Autonomy and Development Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi, 2010, pp. 308-322.
  7. “Globalization and Human Rights in Northeast India”, J.K.Das (ed). Agenda for Assam and the North East: Issues and Trends, Vol.1, EBH Publishers, Guwahati, 2012, pp. 231-237.
  8. “Social Forces and Politics of Regionalism in Meghalaya”, Apurba K. Baruah and Susmita Sengupta (eds.), Social Forces and Politics in North East India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2013, pp. 80-95.
  9. “Women and Political Representation in Meghalaya- Some Observations”, Sutapa Sen Gupta et .al (eds). Dynamics of Gender Disparity: North East Lens, EBH Publishers, Guwahati, 2015, pp. 56-64.
  10. “Emergence of New Social Forces Among the Khasis and the Bodos: A comparative Study”, H.Srikanth and Rooplekha Borgohain (eds). Ethnicity and Political Economy in Northeast India, DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2016, pp. 161-182.
  11. “State Politics in Meghalaya- A Regionalism that Poses no Threat to Nationalism”, Himanshu Roy, M.P.Singh and A.P.S. Chouhan (eds). State Politics in India, Primus Books, New Delhi, 2017, pp. 526-565.
  12. “Border Trade in North-East India: Exploring Socio-Cultural and Political Implications for Meghalaya”, Mayashree B Das and Ruma Das (eds). Border Trade in North-East India: A Politico- Economic Perspective, Indu Book Services Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2019, pp. 33-37.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  1. “Self-determination and Ethnic Identity: Reflecting on the Perceptions of the Elite in Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh” in Pre-Conference Proceeding Volume, ISEIL, 2012, Anooradha Chakrabarty Barua and Hemanta Kr. Nath (eds). Problematics on Ethnicity, Identity and Literature, Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam, ISBN: 978-81-924140-5-8, pp.652-656.
  2. “National Question Vs. National Integration: Indian State in a Dilemma” 3rd Annual International Conference Proceedings, Political Science, Sociology and International Relations PSSIR 2013, Global Science and Technology Forum, ISSN: 2251-2403, pp. 82-88.

Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars:

  1. Presented papers in International and National Conference/Seminars in India and abroad. Delivered lectures and Key Note Address.