Dr.Sonika Gupta


SONIKA GUPTA has an MA, M.Phil and Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi in Global Politics & Chinese Studies.  She is currently Associate Professor in Chinese Studies and Global Politics at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. In 2001 She was the recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s, (New York) fellowship to attend an international summer school & collegium at University of California at Berkeley. Her major research interests are International Relations Theory, Chinese Foreign Policy, Chinese Domestic Politics, Human Security and Nuclearisation of South Asia. She founded IITM China Studies Centre in 2011, the first centre on China in any of the IITs. She has introduced International Relations & Chinese Studies as research and teaching streams at IIT Madras.

Her recent publications in International Relations theory and Chinese Studies include:


Sonika Gupta & Padmanabhan (eds) Politics in the Global Age (Oxford & New Delhi, 2015) 


Book Chapters:

Mugur Zlotea & Sonika Gupta, “A Study of Microblogging leading upto the 18th Party Congress” in Ranganathan & Kumar, Pentagon Press, 2015.

Sonika Gupta & Mugur Zlotea, “Recent Public Perceptions of Chinese Foreign Policy: A Study of China’s Territorial Disputes” in China & the World,Pentagon Press, 2015 (forthcoming).

Conference Papers:

“Negotiating Liminality:  Voting Rights for Tibetan Refugees in India. New Zealand Asia Studies Conference, Christchurch 29 Nov-1 Dec, 2015.—Mahalakshmi Ganapathy and Dr. Sonika Gupta (IIT Madras). 

“A Comparative Study of the New Citizen’s Movement (NCM) and Aam Admi Party     (AAP): Middle Class Mobilization in China and India”, Juxtapose Organised by , 24-25 September 2014, JNU.

Journal Articles:

Sonika Gupta (2019) "Enduring liminality: voting rights and Tibetan exiles in India", Journal of Asian Ethnicity, Taylor & Francis, DOI:10.1080/14631369.2019.1579635

Sonika Gupta (2013) "EU Weapons Embargo and Current Chinese Foreign Policy", Strategic Analysis, 37:5, 581-595, DOI: 10.1080/09700161.2013.821282


HS5940 International Relations: Theory and Practice (Introduced and taught) 3 credits. (M.A. Core)

HS3420 China in Contemporary Global Politics (Introduced and taught) 3 Credits (Elective)

HS 7005: State, Politics and Foreign Policy in China (Introduced and Taught) 4 credits (Ph.D Core)

HS3120 Globalization and Change (Introduced and Taught) 4 credits (M.A. Core)

HS5080 Human Rights and Justice (Introduced &Taught) 4 credits  (M.A. Core)

HS 2160 Constitution of India: Text and Practice (Taught) 4 credits (  M.A. Core)


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