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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
My research interest is at the intersection of civil-military relations and comparative politics. My dissertation concerns civil-military relations in the context of democratic erosion, i.e. how do democratic militaries respond to unconstitutional directives from elected leaders who subvert democracy? How militaries respond to undemocratic leaders carries implications for the state's democratic longevity, because both obeying and disobeying civilian directives undermines democracy. I study this "duty discharge dilemma" in the context of the Indian military's interactions with Indira Gandhi's authoritarian rule in the 1970s to gather insights into the military's potential behavior now. Prior to beginning my PhD, I 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. Awards and Accomplishments Centennial Center Summer Research Grant, American Political Science Association, 2021-2022 Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, Columbia University, 2021 Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft, Clements Center for National Security (UT-Austin), 2021 Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize, Association for Documentary Editing, 2020-2021
Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship, 2020-2021
SIS Summer Research Award, 2020, 2021
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 - 2020-2021
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