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Manaswini Ramkumar International Relations (PhD)

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MPhil. in International Relations - School of International Service, American University in Washington DC, 2020

MSc. in Strategic Studies - S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 2011

Certificate in Terrorism Studies - S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 2011

BA in Political Science & Economics - Luther College in Iowa, USA, 2010

Favorite Spot on Campus
2nd floor of Bender Library, overlooking the clock pole
Book Currently Reading
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Manaswini's research interest is at the intersection of civil-military relations and comparative politics. Her dissertation is concerned with investigating how democratically-elected but authoritarian civilian leaders use the military to subvert democracy. When the military gets an unconstitutional order from a duly elected civilian leader, both the act of following the order or disobeying it furthers democratic subversion. How the military responds to undemocratic civilian leaders carries implications for democratic stability. By examining the relationship between the Indian military and civilian decision-makers during Indira Gandhi's authoritarian rule, she hopes to explain the military's understanding of democracy. Prior to beginning her PhD, Manaswini worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore and as a lecturer in Professional Military Education to the Singapore Armed Forces.
Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize, Association for Documentary Editing, 2020-2021
Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship, 2020-2021
SIS Summer Research Award, 2020
Summer Methods Funding - Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, 2018
Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR), Workshop sponsored by The Wilson Center and George Washington University, 2018

Teaching Experience
Adjunct Faculty, SISU318: Causes of War
Teaching Assistant for SIS 105 - World Politics, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2019
Global Politics faculty, IB Diploma Program, The Mahindra United World College of India (Pune, India), Aug 2018-Jan 2019


Spring 2021

  • SISU-318 Topics Global Sec/Foreign Pol: Causes of War