Dr. Atul Mishra | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies


Dr. Atul
Associate Professor
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
Block-D, Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
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Profile Summary 

My work ranges across historical and contemporary international relations, international thought, and foreign policy.

As regards the first, I am interested in the international relations of South Asia, both historical and modern, as well as contemporary international politics. This interest has resulted in multiple publications/research projects around sovereignty and territoriality in modern South Asia, including a book titled The Sovereign Lives of India and Pakistan (OUP, 2021). Current interests in this field are two-fold. Firstly, the contemporary international relations of the West, especially in the context of the challenges posed by authoritarian powers and forces. And secondly, the geopolitics of 18th and 19th century Hindustan and the emergence of modern South Asia as a connected and contested geopolitical field.   

With regard to the second, I am interested in the conservative ideas that have fashioned India’s identity and variously conceptualized its role and purpose in world affairs since the last quarter of the 19th century. I am also working on a book that examines the intellectual and practical efforts made to create a regional federation in late-colonial South Asia. Tentatively titled The United States of South Asia, this project combines my interests in international thought and modern South Asian international relations.

Lastly, I am interested in contemporary Indian foreign policy, especially its ideational underpinnings and how policy makers manage political challenges as they pursue Indian interests.

I am open to supervising focussed doctoral research that belongs to any of the fields mentioned above.  



Educational Qualifications 
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Mumbai University
Work Experience 
Associate Professor,
International Relations and Governance Studies in School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR
I currently work here
Assistant Professor,
Shiv Nadar University
Assistant Professor,
Central University of Gujarat
Teaching & Research Interests: 
  • International Relations (IR) theory and practice 
  • Contemporary Indian foreign policy
  • International thought
  • Asian international relations
  • History of modern South Asian international relations 
Courses Taught(Selected) 

Co-director, ICSSR-funded multi-university major research project, ‘India’s Regional Relations in a Transitioning World: Policies, Priorities, and Practices’ (2013-2016).


International fieldwork grant by the ICSSR, New Delhi, for fieldwork in Myanmar (October 2015) and Afghanistan (December 2015).

Scholarly Activity

Books & Book Chapters

2014. Co-authored with Rajesh Rajagopalan, Nuclear South Asia: Keywords and Concepts, New Delhi and Oxford: Routledge.

2013. ‘Nouveau Claims on Traditional Visions of Indian Democracy’ in M.N. Thakur and Dhananjay Rai (eds.) Democracy on the Move? Reflections on Moments, Promises and Contradictions, New Delhi: Aakar Books, pp.126-142.

2010. ‘Politics, the State and the Tragedy of Fear: Connected Fragments from Europe to South Asia’ in Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Jeebesh Bagchi (eds.) Sarai Reader 08: Fear, New Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, pp.20-26.

Journal Publications (accepted or published)

2016. ‘What Does the International Mean? IR’s Deep Ontology and the Promise it Holds’, Studies in Indian Politics, vol.4, no.2, pp.233-240.

2014. ‘Indigenism in Contemporary IR Discourses in India: A Critique’, Studies in Indian Politics, vol.2, no.2, 2014, pp.119-135. [Link]

2013. ‘Emulated or National? Contemporary India’s ‘Great Power’ Discourse’, Jadavpur Journal of International Relations, vol.17, no.1, 2013, pp.69-102.

2012. ‘India’s Non-Liberal Democracy and the Discourse of Democracy Promotion’, South Asian Survey, vol.19, no.1, pp.33-59.

2012. ‘Necessary Oppositions: Domestic Debates on Iran’, Strategic Analysis, vol. 36, no.6, pp.882-898.

2008. ‘Theorising State Sovereignty in South Asia’, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLIII, no. 40, October 4, 2008, pp.65-72.

2008. ‘Boundaries and Territoriality in South Asia: From Historical Comparisons to Theoretical Considerations’, International Studies, vol.45, no.2, pp.105-132.

2009. ‘Contested World Orders’, Strategic Analysis, vol.33, no.2, pp.300-307. (Review essay.)

2008. ‘Ideas and Great Powers’, Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol.1, no.2, pp.348-357. (Review essay.) 


2016. Co-authored with Jason Miklian. ‘The Evolving Domestic Drivers of India’s Foreign Policy’, NOREF Report, Oslo: Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, January.