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Boston University
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Nuclear proliferation, nonproliferation, transnational networks of technologies, history of capitalism, post-1945 US foreign policy
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Jayita Sarkar, historian by training, is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her expertise is in the global Cold War, nuclear proliferation, U.S. foreign policy, South Asia and Western Europe. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Nonproliferation ReviewCold War HistoryInternational History Review, and elsewhere. Prof. Sarkar has held fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and MIT, and obtained a doctorate in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland. At Boston University, she teaches courses on the history of international relations after 1945, U.S. foreign policy in post-1947 South Asia, international nuclear politics, and history and policy. 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. Concurrently, she is working on her second book project on the economics of U.S. nonproliferation policy since the Nixon years.

Recent Publications

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

Krige, J. & J.Sarkar.  “American Technological Collaboration for Nonproliferation: Key Evidence from the Cold War,” With John Krige. The Nonproliferation Review, vol. 25, no. 3-4 (2018), Forthcoming.

Blarel, N.& J.Sarkar.“Sub-State Organizations as Foreign Policy Agents: New Evidence and Theory from India, Israel and France,” With Nicolas Blarel. Foreign Policy Analysis, Forthcoming.

Rabinowitz, O.& J.Sarkar.“‘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 Studiesvol. 41, no. 1-2 (2018): 275-300.

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

Sarkar,J.“‘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.

Sarkar, J. “Compatriotes de l’atome? La coopération nucléaire franco-indienne, 1950-1976,”Critique Internationale, vol. 63, no. 2 (2014): 131-149.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
India, Pakistan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, United States
Expertise by Geography
Asia, France, Germany, India, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Capitalism, Diplomacy, Economic History, Government, Politics