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-E, Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
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Profile Summary 

My training is in theoretical analysis of international relations, which I do with an eye to practice. Much of my research examines how power and hierarchy, embodied in western colonialism, have permeated and shaped modern South Asian international relations. My work thus contests the anarchy-oriented theorising of world politics and considers history a key axis to map the playing out of this politics. My doctoral research examined ideas and practices of territoriality and sovereignty in modern South Asia. As the scope of this interest has widened, I have begun working on the emergence of the subcontinent’s modern inter-state system. Alongside, I am interested in the 19th century origins of Indian international thought, which was occasioned by the colonial encounter. A third area of continuing interest is select aspects of contemporary Indian foreign policy. I seek to account for the departures in Indian foreign policy in the past three decades and profile its regional and global ambitions.

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.