Swarna Rajagopalan

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Visiting Assistant Professor


Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
361 Lincoln Hall, 702 S.Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 217-333-4375
fax: 217-244-5712



Countries of Specialization


Research Interests

My research interests, broadly speaking, span identity politics, security
and governance issues. In 2001, my dissertation research was published as
'State and Nation in South Asia' by Lynne Rienner Publishers. In 2000, a
volume I co-edited with Jeanie Bukowski on decentralization and
centralization processes in nine different cases (six outside South Asia)
was published. I am currently working on two projects: one on gender and
international security and the other on post-conflict issues.


State and Nation in South Asia, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder (July

Re-Distribution of Authority: A Cross-Regional Perspective, co-edited
with Jeanie J. Bukowski, Praeger, Westport (2000).

Re-building Afghanistan: Lessons from South Asia (Comment), Seminar,
February 2002.

Secularism in India, in William Safran, ed., The Democratic Republic and
the Problem of Religion, Frank Cass, London (forthcoming).

Demarcating Units, Re-distributing Authority: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka,
in Jeanie J. Bukowski and Swarna Rajagopalan, eds., Re-distribution of
Authority: A Cross-Regional Perspect, Praeger, Westport (May 2000).

Internal Unit Demarcation and National Identity, Nationalism and Ethnic
Politics, Volume 5:3-4, Fall and Winter 1999, Pp. 191-211. (Special
journal issue reprinted as William Safran and Ramon Maiz, eds., Identity
and Territorial Autonomy in Plural Societies, Frank Cass, London and
Portland, 2000.)

National Integration in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan: Constitutional and
Elite Visions, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Volume 3:4, Winter 1997,

A Traveler's Collection of Tales, Nethra, International Centre for Ethnic
Studies, Colombo, Volume 1:4, July-September 1997, Pp.12-34.

Other keywords:
Security, ethnic conflict, territorial reorganization, laws and


identity politics ; security ; governance ; centralization ; decentralizatioin ; gender ; ...