Swapna Joshi holds a PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. With a keen interest in temple architecture, religious studies, oral narratives, mythology, and folklore, Swapna's research explores the historical significance of architectural forms, particularly focusing on the Lonar crater for her doctoral dissertation. Before this, she has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Mumbai University and a Master’s in Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology from Deccan College, Pune.

Swapna has contributed essays on various aspects of the Lonar crater and medieval temples in Maharashtra. Her academic pursuits extend beyond her dissertation, as she has collaborated with institutes like Sahapedia and Living Waters Museum to research drinking water fountains in Mumbai and Pune. Through her diverse academic initiatives, Swapna endeavours to uncover and elucidate the rich historical and cultural heritage of India.