Surupa Gupta

Program Director, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D., University of Southern CaliforniaGupta Pic

Areas of Specialization:

  • International Political Economy
  • Politics of globalization
  • Comparative politics of South Asia
  • Indian foreign policy
  • Gender and development


Scholarly Activities:

  • “India’s Trade Engagement: The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same” in Surupa Gupta and Rani Mullen (eds.) “Indian Foreign Policy Under Modi: A New Brand or Just Repackaging?” 2019. International Studies Perspectives.
  • “Agriculture and its Discontents: Coalitional Politics at the WTO with Special Reference to India’s Food Security Interests,” International Negotiations, (with J. P. Singh). 2016.
  • “India and RCEP: challenges and opportunities of opening up the farm/food sector” in Sumit Ganguly and Karen Stoll Farrell (eds.) Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between India and Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “India’s engagement with the International Monetary Fund: Growing into an ownership role,”Contemporary South Asia, 30:2, 2022.

  • “Indian foreign policy and co-existence: continuity and change in the post-Cold War era” (with Shibashis Chatterjee) in Cedric de Coning, Thomas Mandrup and Liselotte Odgaard (eds.). 2014. The BRICS and Coexistence: An Alternative Vision of World Order. Routledge.
  • Co-author (with Regina Birner and Neeru Sharma) of the book The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Reform in India: Fertilizer and Electricity for Irrigation. Washington, DC: International Food Policy Research Institute. 2011.
  • Founding member and section chair (2019-2021) of South Asia in World Politics, a section under the International Studies Association.
  • Managing Editor, Indian Politics and Policy, peer-reviewed and open-access journal published by the Policy Studies Organization.
  • “Wasted Opportunity: Covid-19 and Regional Cooperation in South Asia,” in Sumit Ganguly and Dinsha Mistree (ed.) The Covid-19 Crisis in South Asia: Coping with the Pandemic, Routledge


  • Recipient of the UMW Department of Political Science John M. Kramer Faculty Excellence Award for 2018.
  • Recipient of the UMW Mary Pinschmidt Award for 2017
  • Recipient of 2015 Asia Studies Fellowship, East-West Center, Washington DC
  • Recipient of 2011-12 Jepson Fellowship, UMW.


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