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Sumit Ganguly
Tagore Professor


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  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, 1984

Sumit Ganguly is a Professor of Political Science, holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and directs the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, Bloomington. A specialist on the international and comparative politics of South Asia he has previously taught at James Madison College of Michigan State University, at Hunter College of the City University of New York, the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University and the University of Texas at Austin. In the spring quarter of 2014 he was the Visiting Buffet Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University. He has also been a Fellow and a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. DC, a Visiting Fellow at the Center on International Security and Cooperation as well as the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. In 2010 he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi.

Professor Ganguly is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of twenty books on the contemporary domestic and international politics of South Asia. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the, Asian Security, Current History, The India Review, International Security, Journal of Democracy, The Nonproliferation Review and Pacific Affairs. Professor Ganguly is also an Associate Editor of Security Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. His book (with William Thompson and Karen Rasler), How Rivalries End (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) won the triennial J. David Singer Book Award from the International Studies Association Midwest Section. In 2015 he published the Oxford Short Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy and the edited collection Engaging the World: Indian Foreign Policy Since 1947.  His most recent book is Deadly Impasse: India and Pakistan at the Dawn of a New Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is also the co-author (with William R. Thompson) of Ascending India and Its State Capacity to be published in 2017 by Yale University Press.