Jayita Sarkar


Assistant Professor of International Relations


BA and MA, Jadavpur University, India
MA, University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
PhD, Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland

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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 history of U.S. foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, the global Cold War, South Asia and Western Europe. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Cold War History, International History Review, and elsewhere. Dr. Sarkar has held fellowships at MIT, Harvard, Columbia and Yale universities, and obtained a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland.

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. Entitled Splitting Atoms: The United States, Nonproliferation and India’s Nuclear Program, 1961-1984 the manuscript is undergoing final revisions before review. Concurrently, she is working on her second book project The Market and the Bomb on U.S. nonproliferation policy toward nuclear supplier states— France, Germany (FRG), Switzerland and Canada— during 1974-1992. This project is a study of the successes and failures of U.S. nonproliferation leverage on major supplier states by enhancing export controls on nuclear assistance.

Dr. Sarkar has received grants and fellowships from the Stanton Foundation, Harvard University’s Project on Managing the Atom, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Swiss National Science Foundation, Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Feris Foundation, and Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, among others.

She has held visiting positions at thinktanks in the United States, Western Europe and South Asia, and has published commentaries in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Diplomat, Foreign Policy (online), National Interest (online), and elsewhere.

To know more about her work, please visit Professor Sarkar’s personal website and follow her on Twitter @JSarkar_.


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