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• Global South Asia • Connected partitions • Global histories of capitalism • Nuclear technologies
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Jayita Sarkar is a historian and tenure-track Assistant Professor at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, where she is also the founding director of the Global Decolonization Initiative. In July 2022, Dr. Sarkar will be relocating to Scotland to take up a permanent position as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. Her research specialization is in global South Asia, connected partitions, global histories of capitalism, and nuclear technologies.

Her first book, Ploughshares and Swords. India’s Nuclear Program in the Global Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2022) examines the first forty years of India’s nuclear program through the prisms of technopolitics and territoriality. The book foregrounds the Indian nuclear program’s civilian and military features by probing its close relationship with the space program. It shows how nuclear and space technologies served technopolitical aims of economic modernity and geopolitical goals of deterring adversaries, with consequences for democratic accountability.

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Recent Publications


  • Ploughshares and Swords. India’s Nuclear Program in the Global Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2022)



  • Sarkar, J. “From the Dependable to the Demanding Partner: The Renegotiation of French Nuclear Cooperation with India, 1974-1980,” Cold War History, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2021): 301-318.
  • Sarkar, J. “U.S. Policy to Curb West European Nuclear Exports, 1974-1978,” Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Spring 2019): 110-149.
  • Sarkar, J. “The Making of a Nonaligned Nuclear Power: India’s Proliferation Drift, 1964-1968,” International History Review, Vol. 37, No. 5 (2015): 933-950.
  • Sarkar, J. “Compatriotes de l’atome? La coopération nucléaire franco-indienne, 1950-1976,” Critique Internationale, Vol. 63, No. 2 (2014): 131-149.

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Media Coverage
Country Focus
Countries in South Asia; United States
Expertise by Geography
Asia, France, India, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Environment, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Race, Technology