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Sonika Gupta

Associate Professor
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sonika gupta
Academic Background:
  • Ph.D from Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2004.
  • Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) Degree in Chinese Studies from the Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in 1997.
  • M.A. in International Politics and Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, New Delhi in 1995
  • B.A. (Honors.) in Political Science from Presidency College, Calcutta in 1993.
Research Interests:
  • Political change in China
  • Minority Issues in China
  • Internet in China
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • International Relations Theory
  Sonika Gupta & P. Sudarsan (eds),
Politics and Cosmopolitanism in the Global Age Politics,
Routledge, New Delhi 2015.
nuclear stability Nuclear Stability in Southern Asia
(New PR Chari, Sonika Gupta And Arpit Rajain, (eds.)), Delhi,
Manohar Publishers 2003, ISBN. 9788173045202
 human security Human Security in South Asia, (2002)
P R Chari and Sonika Gupta (eds.), New Delhi:
Social Science Press 2002 ISBN. 97881187358091
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
  1. Sonika Gupta and R. Veena, Bilingual Education in Xinjinag, China Report, November 2016 : 52: 306-323, doi:10.1177/0009445516661885
  2. "Taiwan's Elections 2004: Impact on Domestic Politics and Cross Strait Relations" Strategic Analysis Sole Author Jan-March 2006. Pp. 205-223 0970-0161 (Print), 1754-0054 (Online)
  3. "The Use of Force in Chinese Foreign Policy: A Comparison of Taiwan and South China Sea disputes" International Studies Sole Author Vol.42, No.3/4, July-December 2005. Pp. 248-264 eISSN: 0973-0702 ISSN: 0020-8817
  4. "EU Weapons Embargo and Current Chinese Foreign Policy" Strategic Analysis Sole Author Vol. 37, No. 5, 2013 . pp. 577–591, 0970-0161 (Print), 1754-0054 (Online)
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:
  1. Sonika Gupta and Mugur Zlotea, Online Perceptions of Chinese Foreign Policy: A Study of China's Territorial Disputes, in China and the World, CV Ranganathan (Ed) China and the World, Pentagon Press & ICWA, New Delhi 2014 (forthcoming)
  2. Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism: A Reexamination, Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Nationalism, Territory, and Citizenship, Routledge, New Delhi 2014 (In press)
  3. "The Internet in China: A Study of Micro Blogging in China leading up the 18th Party Congress " in , pp. 192-220. Rangnathan and Kumar (eds) Pentagon Press & ICWA 2013, ISBN. 9788182747241
  4. Sonika Gupta, "Role of Political Culture in Sino-Pak Cooperation" Pp. 119-136. Swaran Singh (ed) China-Pakistan Strategic Cooperation: Indian Perspectives Centre De Sciences Humaines & Manohar Publishers. 2007 ISBN. 9788173047619
  5. S.Chandrasekhar, Sonika Gupta and Arvind Kumar, "An Assessment of China's Ballistic and Cruise Missile Programmes" in pp 330-336. Satish Kumar (ed) Indian National Security Review . New Delhi, Knowledge World, 2007 ISBN. 9788187966739
  6. S Chandrasekhar, Arvind Kumar and Sonika Gupta, Chapter titled, "An Update on Pakistan's Ballistic Missile Programme" .pp 384-411. Satish Kumar (ed) Indian National Security Review 2007, New Delhi, Knowledge World, 2007 ISBN. 9788187966739
  7. Sonika Gupta, " Human Security, Economic Development and Gender" (eds.) pp. 52-68. P R Chari and Sonika Gupta (eds) Human Security in South Asia. , 2002) New Delhi: Social Science Press 2002 ISBN. 9788187358091


Research Guidance:
Degree Name of Scholar Title of Thesis Status
Ph.D Jayshree Borah The South China Sea Dispute Continuing
Ph.D R.Veena Nationalism and Identity in China Continuing
Co-Guided with Prof Madhu Bhalla, Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University
Teshu Singh
(Submitted 2015)
Evolution of PRC’s Naval Policy: Geopolitical Significance for South Asia Submitted 2015
M .A. Padma Govindarajan Social Movement in China Continuing
M.A. Divya Mary Voting Rights of Tibetan Refugees in India Completed 2014
M.A. Exceptionalism and International Institutions: A Case Study of Indo-US Nuclear Deal Dipali Anumol Completed 2013
M.A. Exploring Political Negotiation in China: Environmental Mass Incidents Uttara Narayan Completed 2012
Select International Conference Paper Presentations:
  1. Presented a paper titled "Impact of Information Technology on Organised Protest in China- Case Study of Falun Gong Movement" at the SSRC Summer Collegium held at the Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley, from June-August 2001.
  2. Presented a paper titled "Delimiting Human Security: A South Asian Perspective" at the Pugwash Conference held at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, from 15th to 22nd July 2003.
  3. Presented a paper titled, "Use of Force in Chinese foreign Policy: A case study of the South China Sea disputes", at the first Asia Pacific International Studies Association Congress held at Singapore from 29th Nov-2nd Dec 2003.
  4. Presented a paper titled "New Challenges to Human Security From "The Global War on Terror": A South Asian Perspective" at the Pugwash Conference on New Challenges to Human Security held at University of Wageningen, the Netherlands from 14-18 June 2006.
  5. Presented a paper titled "The Rise of India and China: Implications for the World Order" at the World Conference organized by the Chicago Council of Foreign Affairs, Chicago from 12-14 October 2006.
  6. Presented a Paper tilted, "Cosmopolitanism: Modern to Modular" at Politics in the Global Age: Critical Reflections on Sovereignty, Nationalism, Territory, and Citizenship, at CCEUS, IITM Madras 10-14 December 2011.
  7. Presented a paper titled "Internet in China: Examinations of Censorship, Market and Political Trajectory in China" at an International Conference "Legitimation, Participation and Contestation in Chinese Politics" at China Studies Centre, IIT Madras, 3-5 December 2012.
  8. Presented a paper titled "Self Censorship, Internet and Media Policy in China" at an International Conference on China in Transition organized by Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University, 10-11January 2014.
  9. 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 South Asia Research Cluster (SARC) of Wolfson College, Oxford , 24-25 September 2014, JNU. Please click the link for a video of the presentation.
  10. “Negotiating Liminality: Voting Rights for Tibetan Refugees in India. New Zealand Asia Studies Conference, Christchurch 29 Nov-1 Dec, 2015.


Institution Building Activities:
Founding Coordinator (2011-2015) IITM China Studies Centre:

IITM China Studies Centre was set up 2011. CSC is a Centre for academic research and policy analysis on Chinese politics, society, economy and foreign policy.
The Centre is funded by IITM with a mandate to seek project funding from outside the Institute.

As Coordinator from April 2011- May 2015 I was responsible for:

  • Identifying and developing research areas
  • Fashioning and coordinating research projects
  • Fundraising
  • Collaboration with national and international bodies and academic institutes
  • General administration of the Centre.


Externally Projects at IIT Madras:
  1. Centre for Comparative EU Studies, Co-coordinator, Year: 2009-2011 European Union Setting up of Centre for Comparative EU Studies at HSS, Developing a new research & teaching area in International Relation and Globalisation at HSS. Funded by the European Commission. Grant Amount: Rs. 1.36 crores.
  2. Participation, Contestation and Legitimation in Chinese Politics, Principal Investigator, Year 2012-2013.International collaboration with scholars from Universities of Peking, Oxford, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Singapore, Delhi and National Taiwan University to evolve a framework for examining Legitimacy and Participation in Chinese Politics. Funded by Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, Taiwan. Grant Amount: US$ 20,000.
Projects at previous organizations:
Sl. No. Name of Employer/Status of Institute/University Post held/ Designation Period of Employment

From      To

1. National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore Post-Doctoral Fellow June 2005-June 2007 Assessment of China missile programme
2. Observer Research Foundation, Asia –Pacific Program, New Delhi Research Fellow January 2005-January 2005 China’s Western Development Strategy
3. Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi Assistant Director June 2003-December 2004 Research on Chinese Foreign Policy
4. Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi Research Officer   Research on Chinese Foreign Policy