Sasikumar, Karthika

Sasikumar, Karthika

Associate Professor, Political Science
Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford University




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3-4 pm Mondays, 9.30-10.20 am Tuesdays during the semester in 402F Clark Hall By appointment


  • Doctor of Philosophy, International Relations, Cornell Univ-Endowed Colleges, New York, United States, 2006
  • Master of Arts, Political Science, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi (UT), India, 1997
  • Master of Philosophy, International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi (UT), India, 1999
  • Master of Arts, French, English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, 1998


Karthika Sasikumar began her education in Hyderabad, India. She obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Francis College for Women. From 1995 to 1999, she was a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where she earned Master's and M.Phil Degrees from the School of International Studies.

Dr. Sasikumar received her Ph.D. from the Government Department at Cornell University in 2006. Her dissertation explores the interaction between India and the international nuclear nonproliferation order.

Before coming to SJSU, Dr. Sasikumar was a Program Associate at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Associate in the International Security Program at Harvard University’sKennedy School of Government, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia’sLiu Institute for Global Issues in Vancouver, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University.

In 2010-11, she spent a year at the Belfer Center as the first Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow. Her research and teaching interests are in International Relations theory, international regimes, global security, migration, and national identity.