Jayita Sarkar


Assistant Professor of International Relations


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

154 Bay State Road, #201A

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, Nonproliferation ReviewCold War HistoryInternational History Review, and elsewhere. Prof. Sarkar has held fellowships at MIT, Harvard and Yale universities, and obtained a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland. At Boston University, she teaches courses on the global Cold War (IR350 and IR377), and the history and politics of nuclear weapons (IR300).

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— 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. To know more about her work, please visit Professor Sarkar’s website.


“Whack-a-Mole: American Policy to Curb West European Nuclear Exports, 1974-1978,” Journal of Cold War Studies, Forthcoming, 2018.

“Engage, Delay, Divert: The Role of Technological Assistance in U.S. Nonproliferation Policy,” With John Krige. Nonproliferation Review, Forthcoming, 2018.

“‘It Isn’t Over Until the Fuel Cell Sings’: A Reassessment of the US and French Pledges of Nuclear Assistance in the 1970s,” With Or Rabinowitz. Journal of Strategic Studies, early view, Forthcoming, 2018.

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

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


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