Uma Purushothaman PhD

Assistant Professor, Central University, Kerala

Visiting Fellow

Current Positions

Expert – TPF

Assistant Professor – Department of International Relations and Politics, Central University, Kerala.

Past Positions

Research Fellow – Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi

Research Associate – United Services Institution (USI), New Delhi



PhD – 2007: International Studies, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi

M Phil – 2005: International Studies, School of International Studies, JNU.

MA – 2003: International Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

BA – 2001: English Language and Literature, University of Kerala.


Dr Uma Purushothaman is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Politics, Central University of Kerala. She was earlier a Research Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.  An alumnus of JNU, she has worked with the United Services Institution of India (USI) and SAGE Publications. Her areas of interest include US foreign and domestic policies, great power politics, human security, food security, foreign aid and soft power.

She has published articles and book reviews in national and international journals, including the International Journal of Nuclear Law, Millennium Journal of International Studies, Strategic Analysis, International Studies, Global Policy Journal, Russia in Global Affairsand the Journal of Peace Studies and contributed chapters in edited books. She has co-authored a book Trends in Russia-China Relations: Implications for India and edited a book Globalisation and Identity: Perspectives from India and Russia. She has written in national and international newspapers like the Asian Age, the Pioneer, the Global Times and Albany Tribune as well as popular websites like,,, and on issues of topical importance. She has been interviewed and quoted by national and international television channels, radio stations and newspapers.

Uma has travelled widely on national and international conferences as well as field trips to countries like China, Russia, Canada, Belgium, Kazakhstan and the US. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious ‘Georgetown Leadership Summit’ and the ‘Young Leaders’ Forum for Emerging Leaders from the Asia Pacific Region’.

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