Faculty Biography

Srinivas Sitaraman

Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7684
Email: ssitaraman@clarku.edu


B.A., University of Madras, India, 1987
M.A., University of Madras, India, 1989
M.A., Ohio State University, 1993
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Current Research and Teaching

United Nations, international relations theory, international organizations and international law, human rights, globalization and international political economy, and Asian politics

Selected Publications


State Participation in International Treaty Regimes (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, August 2009).

Book Chapters

“Is India a Hegemonic Power? Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies,” in Imagining India as a Global Power: Prospects and Challenges, eds., Sangit K. Ragi, Sunil Sondhi, and Vidhan Pathak, Routledge, 2018.

“Rising Chinese Power and Territorial Assertiveness in South China Sea: India-Vietnam Strategic Partnership as a Counterbalancing Endeavor,” in Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters: Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea, eds., Enrico Fels and Truong-Minh Vu, Springer 2016.

“Conflict, Hegemony, and Power Balancing,” in Support, Follow, or Challenge? The Limits of Hegemony and the Rise of the Rest, eds., Williams, Lobell, Jesse, et. al., Stanford University Press, 2011.

“Evolution of the Ozone Regime: Local, National, and International Influences,” in Environmental Change and U.S. Foreign Policy, ed., Paul G. Harris (Washington DC, Georgetown University Press, 2001), pp: 111-133.


“Power and Knowledge: International Relations Scholarship in the Core and Periphery,”
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol. 4 No. 2 (2016), pp: 241-270.

“Tangible-Intangible Factors Interaction on Hostility Escalation and Rivalry Endurance: The Case of India-Pakistan Rivalry,” Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015), pp: 154-179.

“Privatization, Efficiency, Development, and Inequality—Transnational Conflicts Over Access to Water and Sanitation.” Human Rights and Human Welfare, Vol. 8 (April 2008), pp: 94-113.

“Colonialism, Masculinity, and Revivalist Hindu Nationalism: Communal Tensions and Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Winter 2007), pp: 52-80.

“Regulating the Environment: Development of Domestic Environmental Law and Participation in International Treaties of China,” China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Greater China, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2006), pp: 183-196.

“Domestic and Grand Foreign Policy Motivations of the Indian Nuclear Weapons Program,” Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies  (Vol. 24, No.1, Fall 2000), pp: 57-74.

“Entanglements and Estrangements: Sources of Discord and Accommodation in U.S.-India Relations,” Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Vol. 22, No.2, Winter 1999), pp: 16-37.

“Mediated Images of International Understanding: The Case of India and the United States,” Gazette: Journal of International Communication (With John M. Bublic) (Vol. 60, No. 6, Fall 1998), pp: 477-491.

Editor Reviewed Publications

Building Walls and Retreating into Fortress America: Isolation, Protectionism, and Populism--Is Making America Great Again Working? Policy Insights, Governing Globalization, EUC Paper Series, Vol. 1, Special Issue, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign  https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/96622

 “Act East: The India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” China Policy Institute: Analysis, The University of Nottingham, 9 March 2017 https://cpianalysis.org/2017/03/09/act-east-the-india-vietnam-comprehensive-strategic-partnership/

“The Nuclear Security Regime and Nuclear Terror: A comprehensive, sustained approach is needed to stop nuclear terrorism,” The Diplomat, 7 May 2016 (with Saira Banoo) http://thediplomat.com/2016/05/is-the-nuclear-security-regime-doing-enough-to-stop-nuclear-terror/

Dynamics of Competition, Power Balancing, and Security Dilemma: Examining the Impact of China’s Expanding Strategic Influence in the South Asian Subcontinent,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 15:1 (Spring/Winter 2014), pp: 89-97.

“Sri Lanka: Waffling India Faces Tough Decision,” The Diplomat, 24 March 2014, http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/sri-lanka-waffling-india-faces-tough-decision/

“Chinese Grand Strategy and the Exacerbation of the Sino-Indian Territorial Dispute,” e-International Relations, 21 August 2013  http://www.e-ir.info/2013/08/21/chinese-grand-strategy-and-the-exacerbation-of-the-sino-indian-territorial-dispute/

“It Must Be Summer: Pakistan Shells India,” Foreign Policy in Focus, 21 August 2013 http://fpif.org/it-must-be-summer-pakistan-shells-india/

“Deconstructing the PLA’s border incursion in eastern Ladakh,” East Asia Forum, 9 August 2013 http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/09/deconstructing-the-plas-border-incursion-in-eastern-ladakh/#comments

“Is South Asia Moving into the Chinese Orbit and Setting Off Alarm Bells in New Delhi?” Foreign Policy Journal, 19 July 2013,

"The Forgotten Conflict and Post-War Justice and Accountability in Sri Lanka", 11 June 2013, The Colombo Telegraph, https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-forgotten-conflict-and-post-war-justice-and-accountability-in-sri-lanka/

“Why India Is Not an Existential Threat to Pakistan.” Foreign Policy Journal, 24 November 2011 http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/11/24/why-india-is-not-an-existential-threat-to-pakistan/

“Pakistan’s India ‘Bogeyman” The Diplomat, 8 November 2011 http://the-diplomat.com/indian decade/2011/11/08/pakistan%E2%80%99s-india-bogeyman/

Book Reviews

Andrew Small, The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics, Chinese Journal of Political Science, (Vol. 22, 2017), pp: 175–177.

Jeffrey Davis, Justice Across Borders: The Struggle For Human Rights in U.S. Courts (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008) Law & Politics Book Review, American Political Science Association (Vol. 19 No. 7, July, 2009), pp: 572-577.

Tim Stephens, International Courts and Environmental Protection (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009) Review of International Organization (Vol. 4, Issue No. 3, Sept. 2009), pp: 319-324.

Lisa Tortell, Monetary Remedies for Breach of Human Rights: A Comparative Study (Oxford, UK, Hart Publishing, 2006) Law & Politics Book Review, American Political Science Association (Vol. 18, No. 2, February 2008), pp.138-142.

Sang Ye, China Candid: The People of the People’s Republic, ed. by Geremie R. Barme’ with Miriam Lang (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2006) Journal of Chinese Political Science (Vol. 12, No. 2, August 2007), pp: 193-194.

Delano Verwey, The EC, the EU and the International Law of Treaties (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Law & Politics Book Review, American Political Science Association
(Vol. 16, No. 9, September, 2006), pp: 672-675.

Julie A. Mertus, Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy, Perspectives on Politics, American Political Science Association (Vol. 3, No. 2, June 2005) pp: 381-382.

Stephen Hopgood, The Global Politics of the Environment by Lorraine Elliott and American Foreign Environment Policy and the Power of the State, Millennium: Journal of International Relations (Vol. 27, No. 3, 1998), pp: 770-773.

Fuat Keyman, Globalization, State, Identity/Difference: Toward a Critical Social Theory of International Relations, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Vol. 15, No. 3, Fall 1998), pp: 32-135.

Law Reviews

Prosecuting Pakistani Terror Suspects: Implications for International Criminal Law and Global War on Terrorism, Amsterdam Law Forum, Vol. 4, No.1 (2012), pp: 102-130.

“Regulating the Belching Dragon: Rule of Law, Politics of Enforcement, and Pollution Prevention in Post-Mao Industrial China,” The Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Vol. 18. No. 2 (2007), pp: 267-334.


Explaining China’s Continued Resistance Towards International Human Rights Norms:
A Historical Legal Analysis, Occasional Paper Series, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, June 2008.

International Institutional Order and Intermediate State Strategies: The Case of Indian Nuclear Program in Intermediate States' Strategies Toward Multilateral Arenas, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs, Working Paper Series, Washington DC, May 1999.

Why did India Conduct Underground Nuclear Tests? In After the South Asian Bombs: The Global Implications of Recent Developments Concerning Nuclear Weapons edited by Clifford E. Singer, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1999.

Encyclopedia Entries

Afghan War (2001-present), Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa edited by Edward Ramsamy, et. al, Sage Reference, 2012.

Afghanistan, Soviet Occupation, Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa edited by Edward Ramsamy, et. al, Sage Reference, 2012.

Kashmir Conflict, Sage Publications Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa edited by Edward Ramsamy, et. al, Sage Reference, 2012.

Taliban Regime, Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa edited by Edward Ramsamy, et. al, Sage Reference, 2012.