Sumit Ganguly

Sumit Ganguly

Rabindranath Tagore Professor, Political Science

Distinguished Professor


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

About Sumit Ganguly

Sumit Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Ganguly has has previously taught at James Madison College of Michigan State University, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, a Guest Scholar at the Center for Cooperative Monitoring in Albuquerque and a Visiting Scholar at the German Institute for International and Area Studies in Hamburg. He has also held the Asia Chair at Sciences Po in Paris, and the Ngee Ann Chair in International Politics at the Rajaratnam School for International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi and the Buffet Professor at Northwestern University for 2013-2014.  In the 2017-2018, he was a Visiting Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. He will spend the summer of 2018 as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Heidelberg.

Professor Ganguly is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an Associate Editor of International Security and serves on the editorial boards of the Asian Security, Current History, the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Policy Analysis, The India Review, The Nonproliferation Review, Pacific Affairs and Security Studies.  In the spring of 2018 he launched a new, bi-annual, refereed, open-access journal, Indian Politics and Policy, for the Policy Studies Organization. He is also an Associate Editor of Security Studies. A specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 books on the region. His most recent books are the Oxford Short Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2015), Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016), (with William R. Thompson), Ascending India and Its State Capacity (Yale University Press, 2017) and the co-editor (with Nicolas Blarel and Manjeet Pardesi) of The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security (Oxford University Press, 2018) He is currently at work on a book that focuses on the origins and evolution of India’s defense policy for Columbia University Press.


The Future of ISIS
The Future of ISIS

Regional and International Implications

Feisal al-Istrabadi, Sumit Ganguly

The Foreign Policy Attitudes of Indian Elites
The Foreign Policy Attitudes of Indian Elites

Foreign Policy Analysis

Sumit Ganguly, Timothy Hellwig, William R. Thompson