Bengt G. Karlsson has studied anthropology, development and economics at Uppsala University. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology at Lund University in 1997. He has since been teaching Anthropology at Linköping University and Uppsala University. In 2006 he was titled Associate Professor at Uppsala University and in January 2010 he took up the position as Senior Lecturer of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. In 2014 Karlsson was promoted to full professor at Stockholm University. Karlsson has been guest researcher at the North-Bengal University, the University College London, the University of Chicago and the North-East Hill University. During 2008-2009 he worked as an affiliated teacher at the Center for Social Sciences at Tbilisi State University in Georgia. He has also held a position as Director of the Nordic Centre in India (, promoting student and research exchange between the Nordic countries and India. Karlsson was Head of Department between 2011 and 2014 and elected member of the Social Science Faculty Board at Stockholm University. He was also a committee member of the Swedish Research Council and in 2015 he became a working member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.