Suvira Jaiswal is former Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She did her MA in History from Allahabad University and PhD from Patna University under the supervision of Professor Ram Sharan Sharma. She began her teaching career at Patna University in 1962 and later, in 1971, joined the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she taught till her retirement in 1999. Her major publications include The Origin and Development of Vaishnavism (first edition 1967, enlarged second edition 1981) and Caste: Origin, Function and Dimensions of Change (1998). She was General President of the Andhra Pradesh History Congress in 2002 and General President of the Indian History Congress in 2007.