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University of Mary Washington
India, trade politics, agricultural politics, foreign policy, global governance, WTO, RCEP, multilateral trade negotiations, BRICS
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I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at UMW. I received my PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California. During 2015-16, I was also Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington DC.

My research lies at the intersection of Indian trade and agricultural politics and the interaction of domestic and international factors in each. From that vantage point, I also look at India’s role in global governance and the evolution of India’s foreign economic policy including its engagement with international economic institutions such as the WTO and IMF and groupings such as BRICS. I have followed India’s engagement with multilateral (WTO), regional (RCEP etc.) and bilateral (with the US and Asian regional players) trade negotiations over the years.

I am currently working on Indian foreign economic policy under Modi, on explaining India’s position in the agricultural negotiations during the Doha Round and on US-India trade relations in the area of intellectual property rights.

Recent Publications

“Agriculture and its Discontents: Coalitional Politics at the WTO with Special Reference to India’s Food Security Interests,” International Negotiations, Vol 21, 2016 (with J. P. Singh), forthcoming.

“India and RCEP: challenges and opportunities of opening up the farm/food sector” in Sumit Ganguly and Karen Stoll Farrell (eds.) Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between India and Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016) forthcoming.

“Slow Pace of Reforms Inhibits US-India Agricultural Trade” published in April 2015 by the East-West Center, Washington, DC.

“Indian foreign policy and co-existence: continuity and change in the post-Cold War era” (co-authored with Shibashis Chatterjee) in Cedric de Coning, Thomas Mandrup and Liselotte Odgaard (eds.). 2014. The BRICS and Coexistence: An Alternative Vision of World Order. Routledge.

“Modi Bets the Farm,” with Sumit Ganguly, Foreign Affairs, August 12 2014.

“FDI in Retail: How Can It Benefit India’s Farm Sector?” published in November 2012 by the Center For Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC.

The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Reform in India: Fertilizer and Electricity for Irrigation. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute, 2011, with Regina Birner and Neeru Sharma.

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