Professor Romila Thapar was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS following her academic career as an authority on Indian History. A graduate of Panjab University, Professor Thapar is also an alumna, gaining her doctorate in History at SOAS in 1958. She later worked as Professor of Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi where she is now Professor Emerita.
A renowned author, Professor Thapar's works range from Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas (1961) to The Aryan : Recasting Constructs (2008). Professor Thapar has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and the College de France in Paris. She was elected General President of the Indian History Congress in 1983, as well as Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 1999.
Professor Thapar is also an Honorary Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, the University of Oxford and the University of Calcutta. In 2004 the US Library of Congress appointed her as the first holder of the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South.