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Ph.D. – Political Science | King’s College London – UK

Prof. Smitana Saikia
Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Calcutta, Kolkata

Ph.D. [Political Science-Contemporary India]; M.A. [Development Studies]
Assistant Professor – International Studies

Smitana Saikia completed her Ph.D. from King’s College London. Her thesis entitled, ‘Explaining divergent outcomes of the Mizo and Bodo conflicts in the ethno-federal context of India’s northeast’ explores the longue durée state and identity formation processes in northeast India to understand why certain conflicts reach a resolution while others continue to fester. She did her M.A. from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and B.A. (Hons) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. Smitana has previously taught at Ashoka University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of inter-disciplinary fields of political geography, identity politics, federalism, electoral and conflict studies.

2018 Book Review of ‘Rival claims: ethnic violence and territorial autonomy under Indian Federalism’ published in Journal Regional and Federal Studies, Routledge, 19th June 2018

2015 ‘Ethnic outbidding and politics of homelands in Assam’s Bodoland’ published in Journal Contemporary South Asia, Routledge, 7th May 2015

‘General Election 2014: Will BJP’s gains polarize Assam further?’ in Journal Studies in Indian Politics, Sage June 2015