International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council Member

Sumit Ganguly

Indiana University

Sumit Ganguly, professor of political science, holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations and directs the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has previously taught at James Madison College of Michigan State University, Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ganguly has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, a visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, a guest scholar at the Center for Cooperative Monitoring in Albuquerque and a visiting scholar at the German Institute for International and Area Studies in Hamburg. He was also the holder of the Ngee Ann Chair in International Politics at the Rajaratnam School for International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in the spring term of 2010 and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi in the fall term of 2010.  In the spring quarter of 2014 he was the Visiting Roberta Buffett Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University. Professor Ganguly is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Asian Security, Current History, Journal of Democracy, the India Review, the Nonproliferation Review, Pacific Affairs, International Security and Security Studies. He is also an associate editor of Security Studies.

A specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 20 books on the region.  His most recent books are India Since 1980, cowritten with Rahul Mukherji and published by Cambridge University Press (2011); Asian Rivalries: Conflict, Escalation and Limitations on Two-Level Games co-written with William Thompson and published by Stanford University Press (2011); How Rivalries End (2013) cowritten with William Thompson and Karen Rasler and the Oxford Short Introduction to Indian Foreign Policy (2015) for Oxford University Press (New Delhi). In the spring of 2016, Cambridge University Press will publish his Deadly Impasse: India-Pakistan Relations at the Dawn of a New Century.

Forum Events

“China, India, and the Future of Democracy,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Jun. 3, 2010)

Forum Publications

“India’s Watershed Vote: The Risks Ahead,” Journal of Democracy (Oct 2014)

The State of India’s Democracy, co-edited with Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner, Johns Hopkins University Press (2007)