Suratha Kumar Malik has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, since 2012. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and holds a Ph.D. from Vidyasagar University. He was awarded a Nirman Foundation Fellowship (Lord Bhikhu Parekh endowment) during his M.A. and was also awarded UGC-NET and junior research fellowships (JRF) during his M.Phil. at JNU. His research interests include dalit and tribal issues and politics, social-political movements, marginalization and identity politics, and Indian political thought and philosophy. He has published three books and more than a dozen research articles in respected national and international journals as well as chapters in various edited books including Sage, Springer etc.He has presented papers at over thirty-five international and national seminars/conferences across the country and abroad, including at Imperial College London, and in Dubai and Malaysia. He was the Principal Investigator (PI) in a recent major research project sponsored by the University Grants Commission (New Delhi). As the Principal Investigator (PI), he has completed the UGC Major Research Project recently. He was awarded ’Swami Vivekananda Excellence Award’ by Seva Parishad, Kolkata (affiliated to NYKS, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India in 2019. He is also the Programme Officer (PO), National Service Scheme, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal.