Salil Misra acquired his master’s degree in Modern Indian History from the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, from where he went on to do a Ph.D on Communal Politics in UP, 1937-39 under the supervision of Prof. Bipan Chandra. His publications include a monograph on A Narrative of Communal Politics: Uttar Pradesh, 1937-39 and a small booklet in Hindi on Swaraj Party brought out by the National Book Trust. The booklet was a part of NBT’s mission to popularize the Indian National Movement among the rural audiences through a series of small booklets written in Indian languages. He has also published articles on themes related to communal politics, language questions, Hindi and Urdu, partition of India, social science teaching and identity politics. He has also been invited by the UP History Congress, Punjab History Congress and the Andhra Pradesh History Congress to deliver presidential addresses. He is the general president of the UP History Congress for the year 2019. Salil Misra taught history at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 1984 till 1987. During 1988-2010 he was a faculty member at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

Salil Misra was involved in the collection of documents for the research project ‘Towards Freedom’ for the year 1942, sponsored by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), as member of the editorial team along with Prof. Bipan Chandra and Dr. Visalakshi Menon (led by Prof. Bipan Chandra). The volume has recently been published. During April-July 2009 he was a visiting researcher at the Centre for History of Emotions, Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Currently he is professor of history, and the Pro Vice Chancellor at the Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD).