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Jayita Sarkar — The Ploughshares and Swords in India’s Nuclear Explosion of 1974

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Friday, December 6, 2019

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street 

Jayita Sarkar is Assistant Professor at Boston University's School of Global Studies.Her expertise is in twentieth-century global history, United States foreign relations history, history of technology, partitions, and Asia-Europe. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Cold War History , International History Review and elsewhere.

Her first book manuscript, Ploughshares & Swords, examines the global history of India's nuclear program. 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 as an external tool of state-making from 1900 to 1945.

Born in Calcutta, India, she obtained her doctorate in History from the Graduate Institute Geneva in Switzerland, and held fellowships at Yale, Harvard, MIT and Dartmouth College.

Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia