Former Vice-Chancellor of the Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar. ​
He was Professor of Anthropology and Dean, School of Social Sciences at the Central University of Hyderabad. ​
Prof Mishra was Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship in the UK, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the USA, Research Associate at the University of Bergen, Norway. ​
For his academic distinction, Prof Mishra was the recipient of the Sarat Chandra Roy Memorial Medal by the Asiatic Society, Kolkata. ​
He assumed many prestigious positions, namely that of Director of National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal, and also the Director, Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata. ​
He was appointed member of the High-Level Committee to prepare a status report on the Scheduled Tribes of India. He had represented Govt. of India at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, several times.​