Medha | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies


Assistant Professor (To join on 18th November 19)
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
Shiv Nadar University
Gautam Buddha Nagar Uttar Pradesh
Profile Summary 

Medha will be joining the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, School of Humanities at  Shiv Nadar University  as assistant professor 18th November 2019. She is currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Asia Studies at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, where she is also awaiting her PhD defence.  In her work she investigates the historical and colonial constitution of global order and the entanglements of race, religion, gender, caste and class this entails. She is currently working on three inter-related strands of inquiry 1. Muslimness in India’s articulation of the self and the other in its foreign policy 2. Recovery of imaginaries of political communities and global relations that do not take the state and the international system as frames of reference, and 3. the development of a theoretical perspective for the study of caste in International Relations.

Educational Qualifications 
Pune University, India
Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communications
SIMC, Pune, India
Aarhus Universitet, Denmark and Swansea University
PhD (Awaited)
Christian Albrecht Universität zu Kiel and GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Work Experience 
The Times of India
Pune, India
South Asian Fellow
Deutsche Welle
Bonn, Germany
Vancouver Sun
Vancouver, Canada
Research Associate
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA)
New Delhi, India
Research Fellow
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Hamburg, Germany
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Discourse theory, Postcolonialism and Decolonial Studies, Global Political Theory, Historical International Relations


DAAD Graduate School Scholarship for pursuing Phd


European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for pursuing MA 


South Asia Fellowship, Deutsche Welle, Bonn

Scholarly Activity

Book Chapters

Medha, Kumar, M.  and Chauhan, R. (2013), Scenarios 2030, in: Rumel Dahiya (ed.), Developments in the Gulf Region: Prospects and Challenges for India in the Next Two Decades, New Delhi: IDSA

Conference Publications

Medha (2018), ‘An Indo-Islamic Internationalism?’ International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2018, San Francisco, USA, Apr 4-7, 2018

Medha (2017), ‘The foreign politics of Identity: Dialectics of Self and Other in India’s Foreign Policy’ Changing Asia 2017: Perspectives on Regional and Global Cooperation, IDSA, New Delhi, India, Sept 15-18, 2017

Medha (2017), ‘Asia-Africa Unity and India: An exploration of Islam in India’s post-Independence Third World Politics’ International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Feb 22- 252017 

Medha, and Wojczewski, T. (2017), ‘Non-alignment: An Untapped Theoretical Source for Building a Global IR?’ International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Feb 22- 25 2017 

Medha, (2016), ‘A solid wall of friendship and defence for India’: Rethinking Islam in the 1950s Indian Diplomacy’, Millennium Conference “Racialised Realities in World Politics” London School of Economics, London, UK, 22-Oct 22 to 23 2016

Medha (2016), ‘Building Alliance for a Revolution: Diaspora Diplomacy in an Imperial Age’ ISA-Asia Pacific Conference, Hong Kong, June 25 – 27 2016

Medha (2016), ‘Ways of being and belonging: An Indo-Islamic perspective on relating with the world’, ISA's 57th Annual Convention "Exploring Peace", Atlanta, 18 Mar 2016

Medha and Nymalm, N. (2016), ‘Constituting causality beyond the ideational/material divide – a conciliatory reply to the critics of 'causal rejection'', ISA's 57th Annual Convention, "Exploring Peace", Atlanta, 16 Mar 2016


Roundtable on ‘Interrogating Archives in International Relations’ British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Convention 2018, Bath, Jun 13-15 2018

Panelist at Asia Roundtable on India/South Asia at the German Foreign Ministry, Berlin, Germany, 22 Jan 2018. Talk title: ‘Hindu Nationalism and Indian Domestic and Foreign Policy’

Panelist at the GIGA Berlin Talk titled ‘Religion and Conflict in South(east) Asia : Insights from Bangladesh, India and Myanmar’ at Berlin, Germany, 15 Dec 2016

Panelist at the Round Table on ‘Digitalisation and Development in India’ at the conference Bildkorrekturen 2016, organized by the Universities of Munich, Leipzig and Bamberg, the German School of Journalism and the Deutsche Welle Academy at Leipzig, Germany, Nov 17-19 2016 

Panelist on Round Table titled ‘Ethics of Translation, Storytelling, and Embodiment’ at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Feb 22- 25 2017 


Medha, (2016), India a Home Only to Hindus? New Refugee Policy Exacerbates Tensions, GIGA Focus Asia, 08, December

Articles & Essays in Magazine and Newspaper

Medha (2017), Indien: Heimtstatt nur für Hindus? Süd Asien: Zeitschrift der Südasien Büro e.V.  1/2017

Medha (2014), Den Puls der Nation überwachen: Modi und die indischen Medien, Südasien: Zeitschrift der Südasien Büro e.V., 3-4/2014


Medha (2015), Book Review: Standardizing Diversity: The Political Economy of Language Regimes. Amy H. Liu. LSE Review of Books (29 Jul 2015)

Medha, (2015), Book review: Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World. LSE Review of Books (08 Jun 2015)

Medha, and Julka, A. (2014), The Politics of Modi's Vegetarianism, in: The Disorder Of Things