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Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
Atul Mishra
Assistant Professor
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Education Details
PhD (International Politics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2013
MPhil (International Politics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2008
MA (Politics and International Relations), Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006
BA (Political Science), University of Mumbai, 2004
Professional Experience
2010-2017 - Assistant Professor in International Politics, Central University of Gujarat,
Gandhinagar

2007-2010 - Guest Lecturer in Diplomacy at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi
Research Interests
International Relations (IR) theory
Contemporary Indian foreign policy
International thought
Asian international relations
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Book

2014. Co-authored with Rajesh Rajagopalan, Nuclear South Asia: Keywords and Concepts, New
Delhi and Oxford: Routledge
Journal Articles

2016. ‘What Does the International Mean? IR’s Deep Ontology and the Promise it Holds’,
Studies in Indian Politics, vol.4, no.2, pp.233-240.

2014. ‘Indigenism in Contemporary IR Discourses in India: A Critique’,Studies in Indian
Politics,vol.2, no.2, 2014, pp.119-135.

2013. ‘Emulated or National? Contemporary India’s ‘Great Power’ Discourse’,Jadavpur
Journal of International Relations,vol.17, no.1, 2013, pp.69-102.

2012. ‘India’s Non-Liberal Democracy and the Discourse of Democracy Promotion’, South
Asian Survey, vol.19, no.1, 2012, pp.33-59.

2012. ‘Necessary Oppositions: Domestic Debates on Iran’,Strategic Analysis, vol. 36, no.6,
2012, pp.882-898.

2008. ‘Theorising State Sovereignty in South Asia’,Economic and Political Weekly,vol. XLIII,
no. 40, October 4, 2008, pp.65-72.

2008. ‘Boundaries and Territoriality in South Asia: From Historical Comparisons to
Theoretical Considerations’, International Studies,vol.45, no.2, 2008, pp.105-132.
Chapters in Books

2013. ‘Nouveau Claims on Traditional Visions of Indian Democracy’ in M.N. Thakur and
Dhananjay Rai (eds.)Democracy on the Move? Reflections on Moments, Promises and Contradictions,
New Delhi: Aakar Books, pp.126-142.

2010. ‘Politics, the State and the Tragedy of Fear: Connected Fragments from Europe to
South Asia’ in Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Jeebesh Bagchi (eds.)Sarai Reader
08: Fear, New Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2010, pp.20-26.
Review Essays

2009. ‘Contested World Orders’, Strategic Analysis, vol.33, no.2, pp.300-307.

2008. ‘Ideas and Great Powers’, review essay of Great Powers and the Quest for Hegemony: The
World Order Since 1500 by Jeremy Black and Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global
Dominance – and Why They Fall by Amy Chua, Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations,
vol.1, no.2, pp.348-357.
Policy Reports

2016. Co-authored with Jason Miklian. ‘The Evolving Domestic Drivers of India’s Foreign
Policy’, NOREF Report, Oslo: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, January.

2012. ‘Pakistan’s Long and Ordinary Crisis’, IDSA Issue Brief,9 February, New Delhi:
Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.

National and International Recognition
Co-director, ICSSR-funded multi-university major research project, ‘India’s Regional
Relations in a Transitioning World: Policies, Priorities, and Practices’ (2013-2016).

Referee for Oxford University Press; Jadavpur Journal of International Relations.

International fieldwork grant by the ICSSR, New Delhi, for fieldwork in Myanmar (October
2015) and Afghanistan (December 2015).

Invited lectures, paper and workshop presentations at the University of Mumbai, Gujarat
National Law University, FLAME University, IIAS Simla, JNU and Jadavpur University.

Executive Summary
My training is in theoretical analysis of international relations, which I do with an eye to practice.
Much of my research examines how power and hierarchy, embodied in western colonialism, have
permeated and shaped modern South Asian international relations. My work thus contests the
anarchy-oriented theorising of world politics and considers history a key axis to map the playing out
of this politics. My doctoral research examined ideas and practices of territoriality and sovereignty in
modern South Asia. As the scope of this interest has widened, I have begun working on the
emergence of the subcontinent’s modern inter-state system. Alongside, I am interested in the
19th century origins of Indian international thought, which was occasioned by the colonial encounter.
A third area of continuing interest is select aspects of contemporary Indian foreign policy. I seek to
account for the departures in Indian foreign policy in the past three decades and profile its regional
and global ambitions.
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