Professor Deepak Kumar Behera heads the Anthropology department at Sambalpur University in Orissa (India). He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at California State University at Long Beach in fall 2007 and also been the Visiting Professor in the Anthropology Dept., University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa (2001, 2003), Dept. of Anthropology, University of Durban-Westville, Durban, South Africa (2001), Institute of Psychology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2004) and Maison des Sciences de L’Homme, Paris, CNRS-EHESS, Toulouse (2006).
He has more than 80 research publications, mostly in the fields of children and tribal studies. Professor Behera has published seven volumes of Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies jointly with Professor Georg Pfeffer of Institute of Ethnology, Free University of Berlin, Germany and has completed more than a dozen research projects funded by UGC, ICSSR, Ministry of Welfare, National Literacy Mission Authorities, Winrock International, Shastri Foundation, WHO, etc.
Besides being a member of several boards, he is also the Director-in-Charge of the new UGC Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy and Coordinator, MSW programme under the Sambalpur University. Professor Behera is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal – Sociological Analysis (North Carolina, USA), Boyhood Studies (New York, USA), Acta Academia (South Africa), and Practicing Anthropology (USA).