Karthika Sasikumar

Karthika Sasikumar

Political Science


What research questions currently preoccupy you?

The research question that I am currently working on is how does being a member of international society shape a country's national-social identity?

What personal factors contributed to your study of national security?

The personal factor that contributed to my study of national security is that I was looking for a research topic in May 1998 when India tested nuclear weapons and declared itself a Nuclear Weapon State.

What has been most challenging in your research?

The most challenging aspect of my research is the secrecy that surrounds issues of national security.

How has your position in SJSU contributed to your research?

My position at SJSU has freed me to direct my research into subjects far afield from nuclear weapons, though still related to national identity.

A hidden (research) talent:

My hidden research talent is being able to search at lightning fast speeds online.

One book that changed your life (or research) & why:

The book that changed my life is George Orwell's 1984, because it was so spine-chilling.

A website/journal/newspaper (in your field?) you follow without fail:

I get most of my news from National Public Radio.

Advice you’d give to newer faculty or students:

Don't judge your impact on your students by their final exams or projects. If you have taught them habits of mind—how to organize, how to treat opposing arguments, how to skim articles—your students will benefit from them in the distant future, long after they leave your class.