Jayita Sarkar

Faculty Associate
Assistant Professor, International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies


PhD, International History, Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland


U.S. Foreign Policy, International Security, the Global Cold War, Nuclear Proliferation & Nonproliferation, South Asia, Western Europe


Jayita Sarkar is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her expertise is in the global Cold War, nuclear proliferation, U.S. foreign policy, South Asia and Western Europe. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Nonproliferation ReviewCold War HistoryInternational History Review, and elsewhere. Prof. Sarkar has held fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and MIT, and obtained a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland. At Boston University, she teaches courses on the history of international relations after 1945, U.S. foreign policy in post-1947 South Asia, international nuclear politics, and history and policy. Prof. Sarkar welcomes students seeking supervision on projects that use historical cases for interpreting contemporary policy problems. Students interested in security issues in South Asia are highly encouraged.

Her first book examines U.S. nonproliferation policy toward India’s nuclear program since the Kennedy years until the first Reagan administration, and India’s quest for its strategic autonomy through a diversified procurement strategy in the nuclear realm. Concurrently, she is working on her second book project on the economics of U.S. nonproliferation policy since the Nixon years. To know more about her work, please visit her website.