Jayita Sarkar, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently gave a talk at Brown University’s South Asia Seminar based on research from her first book manuscript, Ploughshares and Swords: A Global History of India’s Nuclear Program.
The talk examined the national security implications of the 1974 nuclear explosion, which the Indian government at the time had hailed as a “peaceful nuclear explosion” intended for civilian purposes like mining and drilling for oil.
Jayita Sarkar, an historian by training, is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her expertise is in the global history of South Asia, twentieth-century U.S. foreign relations history, history of technology, and partitions. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Cold War History , International History Review and elsewhere. Born in Calcutta, India, she obtained her doctorate in History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland, and has held fellowships at Yale, Harvard, MIT and Dartmouth College.