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Vandana Bhatia

Vandana Bhatia

Office: 447, Hoffman Hall
Phone: 713-743-3890

Vandana Bhatia earned a PhD in Political Science, from the University of Alberta, Canada. Her specialisation is in International Relations and Comparative Politics (Developing Countries). She completed her BA (Honours), M.A. and M.Phil in Political Science, at the University of Delhi, India. She began teaching as an Assistant Professor at Kalindi College, University of Delhi. She has won several academic and research awards. She was awarded prestigious Junior Research Fellowship, in the field of International Relations including Defence and Strategic Studies, by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India. In 2010, her paper “Nonproliferation Policy of the Clinton Administration toward India: Shifting Nuclear Goalposts,” was nominated by the Mid-West Political Science Association (MPSA), for the award of Best Paper in International Relations. In 2012, she was awarded Graduate Research Award for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, jointly sponsored by the Simons Foundation, Vancouver, Canada and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Government of Canada.

Research Interests

  • Issues in Global Security
  • International Politics; U.S. Foreign and Security Policy
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime; Regime theory
  • India’s Foreign and Security Policy
  • Asian Security and Politics


  • Introduction to the Government and Politics of India
  • National Defense Policy
  • International Organization
  • International Politics
  • India’s Foreign Policy


“Re-examining Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy of the Clinton Administration toward India: Shifting Nuclear Goalposts?” Comparative Strategy 32, no.2/3 (2013, forthcoming).

“The US-India Nuclear Agreement: Revisiting the Debate,” Strategic Analysis, Volume 36, Issue 4 (July 2012).

“Female Suicide Terrorism in South Asia: Comparing the Tamil Separatists and Kashmir Insurgents,” with Andy Knight, South Asian Survey 18, no. 1 (January-June 2012).

“The United Nations and Central Asia,” with Andy Knight, in Emilian Kavalski (ed.) The ‘New’ Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors, Asian Studies Series (World Scientific Publishers, December 2009).

“IAEA: Nuclear Safeguards Verification,” Report of the 2011-2012 Graduate Research Awards Debates on Disarmament, Arms Control and Nonproliferation, The Simons Foundation, August 2012.