Jayita Sarkar

Karen TU'89 and Joseph Niehaus '85 Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security

Jayita Sarkar, an historian by training, is Assistant Professor at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. During 2018-19, she is the Niehaus Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at Dartmouth College. Her expertise is in the politics of nuclear technologies, partitions, South Asia, Western Europe, and the United States. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Cold War History, International History Review, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis and Nonproliferation Review. Her first book, Ploughshares to Swords, is the global history of India's nuclear program. Concurrently, she has two ongoing single-authored book-length projects: one, on the role of U.S. reactor businesses in American nonproliferation policy (1950s-1980s), and the other, on the origins of the Rohingya question in the global histories of twentieth-century partitions (1905-1980s). A native of Calcutta, India, she obtained her doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and MIT before joining the faculty body of Boston University. At Boston University, she teaches courses on the history of international relations after 1945 (IR350), post-1947 South Asia (IR377), international nuclear politics (IR315 and IR522), and the uses and abuses of history in contemporary politics and policy (IR539). 

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Education: 
B.A. Jadavpur University (India)
M.A. Jadavpur University (India)
M.A. University of Paris-Sorbonne (France)
Ph.D. Graduate Institute of Geneva (Switzerland)

Selected publications

Sarkar, J. “Whack-a-Mole: American Policy to Curb West European Nuclear Exports, 1974-1978,” Journal of Cold War Studies 21, no. 1 (Winter 2019), In Press.

Blarel, N. & J. Sarkar. “Sub-State Organizations as Foreign Policy Agents: New Evidence and Theory from India, Israel and France,” Foreign Policy Analysis, 2019, advance access. DOI: 10.1093/fpa/ory009.

Krige, J. & J. Sarkar.  “U.S. Technological Collaboration for Nonproliferation: Key Evidence from the Cold War,” Nonproliferation Review 25, no. 3-4 (2018): 249-262. DOI: 10.1080/10736700.2018.1510465.

Rabinowitz, O. & J. Sarkar. “‘It Isn’t Over Until the Fuel Cell Sings’: A Reassessment of the US and French Pledges of Nuclear Assistance in the 1970s,” Journal of Strategic Studies 41, no. 1-2 (2018): 275-300. DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2017.1328355.

Sarkar, J. “The Making of a Nonaligned Nuclear Power: India’s Proliferation Drift, 1964-1968,” The International History Review 37, no. 5 (2015): 933-950. DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2015.1078393.

Sarkar, J. “‘Wean them away from French tutelage’: Franco-Indian nuclear relations and Anglo-American anxieties in the early Cold War, 1948-1952,” Cold War History 15, no.3 (2015): 375-394. DOI: 10.1080/14682745.2014.989840.

Sarkar, J. “Compatriotes de l'atome? La coopération nucléaire franco-indienne, 1950-1976,” Critique Internationale 63, no. 2 (2014): 131-149. DOI: 10.3917/crii.063.0131.

Sarkar J. “India’s Nuclear Limbo and the Fatalism of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime, 1974-1983,” Strategic Analysis 37, no. 3 (2013): 322-337. DOI: 10.1080/09700161.2013.782662.

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