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Karthika Sasikumar

Karthika Sasikumar, PhD

Research Interests

International Relations theory, global security, nuclear nonproliferation, migration, and national identity.


Karthika Sasikumar is an affiliate at CISAC and an associate professor of political science at San José State University (SJSU) in California. She earned 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. Since then, her research has focused on nuclear nonproliferation, counter-terrorism, and international mobility.

Before joining the political science department at 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’s Kennedy School of Government, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has also been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues in Vancouver, and a predoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. She received M.A. and M.Phil. degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. In 2010-11, she spent a year at the Kennedy School as the first Stanton nuclear security junior faculty fellow.

Other Affiliations

Department of Political Science, San Jose State University