- B.S., Physics (with Honors), Minor in Chemistry and Math, Ravenshaw University (formerly Ravenshaw College, Utkal University), 1989
- Post Graduate Diploma, Rural Development, Xavier Institute of Social Service, 1991
- M.A., Geography, The Ohio State University, 2004
- Ph.D., Geography, The Ohio State University, 2009
Dr. Sharma earned her Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University in 2009 and then worked as Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.