Fr. Joseph Puthenpurakal SDB has a doctorate from Urban University, Rome. He is a member of FOIM (Fellowship of Indian Missiologist), of IACM (International Association of Catholic Missiologists) and IAMS (International Association for Mission Studies). He has served for 20 years in mission work in Nagaland, and more than 15 years in Meghalaya. He has authored 8 books and has to his credit several edited works, articles, book reviews, and papers presented in India and abroad.

Former editor of Mission Today (earlier known as Indian Missiological Review), J. Puthenpurakal is presently the director of DBCIC (Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures), Mawlai, Shillong popularly known as Don Bosco Museum. He also teaches Missiology at Sacred Heart Theological College, Shillong. In addition, Puthenpurakal is Co-Editor of "Anthropology Today: An International Peer Reviewed NEIRA [North East Institute for Research in Anthropology] Journal".

His doctoral thesis "Baptist Missions in Nagaland: A Study in Ecumenical and Historical Perspective" (pp. 292) was first published in 1984.