Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes Scholar, completed his B.A. in History from Presidency College, Calcutta University in the year 1997. In 1999 he did his M.A. in Modern History from the same university and secured first position in the examination with record marks. He was awarded the Rhodes scholarship in 1999-2000 and went to St John’s College, Oxford University to do a D.Phil. on the Social History of Indian Cricket in October 2000. He completed his doctorate in March 2004 and the thesis was subsequently nominated for publication in the Oxford monographs series. It was published in India by Penguin-Viking as the much acclaimed Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket in December 2004. There after Dr. Majumdar went on to teach at the Universities of Chicago, Toronto and La Trobe where he was first distinguished Visiting Fellow in 2005. He was also the first Indian to be awarded a fellowship to work at the International Olympic museum archives in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently he is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts at Monash University. He was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2009. At the Universities of Toronto and Chicago Dr. Majumdar taught courses between 2005-2010 on International Histories of Sport, Historical Methods, The Olympic Movement and Global Diversity, Muscular Christianity and the Post Colonial World. He is also the Executive Academic Editor of two of the world’s leading academic journals on Sport, Sport in Society and Soccer and Society published by Routledge and Series Editor of the much acclaimed series, Sport in the Global Society. In his role as journalist, he is currently Consulting Editor, Sports, with the India Today Group. An Oped columnist for the Times of India, Ei Samay and Economic Times, Dr. Majumdar curated the book Sporting Times, launched on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Times of India in May 2013 and was Sports Expert, Times Now Television between 2007-2013. He has also written extensively for Outlook, Open, Cricbuzz, Wisden Cricket Asia, Financial Express, BBC and a series of other magazines and websites.
Boria Majumdar is member of a number of Government Committees, which includes among others the Governing Body, Sports Authority of India. He was a Member of Committee to Draft the Indian National Sports Bill in 2013. He is also Co-Chair of the Ministry of IT Committee that aims to harness technology for the betterment of Indian Sport.
Dr. Majumdar is Editor of the South Asia Archive a new, fully searchable digital archive encompassing millions of pages of valuable research and teaching materials, providing online access to documents ranging from the mid-18th to the mid-20th Century.
The South Asia Archive provides an extensive resource for students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences. Focusing on South Asia, the Archive contains both serial and non-serial materials, including reports, rare books, and journal runs from noteworthy, rare publications. The documents in the Archive are truly interdisciplinary, reflecting the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India in fields including culture & society , industry & economy , science & technology & medicine , urban planning & administration , politics & law.
Comprising material sourced from collectors and archivists in India by the South Asia Research Foundation, of which Dr. Majumdar is Principal Trustee, this Archive brings together a wealth of important primary content.