Jayita Sarkar, historian by training, is Assistant Professor at Boston University's School of Global Studies. Her expertise is in 20th century South Asia, history of U.S. foreign relations, nuclear technologies, and connected partitions. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Cold War History, International History Review, Journal of Strategic Studies, Nonproliferation Review, and elsewhere.
Her first book manuscript, Ploughshares & Swords, examines the first forty years of India's nuclear program through the prisms of geopolitics and technopolitics. Concurrently, she has two ongoing single-authored book-length projects: one, on the intersection of businesses, banks, and the U.S. government to export light water reactors to expand U.S. global power from the 1950s to the 1980s, and the other, on the global intellectual history of partitions from the 1900s to the 1970s, with particular emphasis on the Bengal-Burma frontier.
Born in Calcutta, India, she obtained her doctorate in History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland. She has held prestigious fellowships such as the Albert Gallatin Fellowship in International Affairs at Yale, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship at Harvard, and the Niehaus Fellowship in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at Dartmouth College.
She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her spouse and two cats, Gorky and Grieg.