Sankaran, Jaganath | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Policy Studies, University of Maryland
  • M.E.P.P., Joint degree in Engineering and Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India
Research Areas
  • Emerging Technologies and International Security
  • Asian National Security
  • Nuclear Warfare
Teaching Areas
  • Intelligence and National Security
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Research and Empirical Methods

Jaganath Sankaran is an assistant professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He works on problems that lie at the intersection of international security and science & technology. He spent the first four years of his career as a defense scientist with the Indian Missile R&D establishment. Dr. Sankaran's work in weapons design and development led to his interests in matters such as missile defenses, space weapons, military net assessment and arms control.

The current focus of his research is the growing military and nuclear weapons capabilities of China and the counter military balancing undertaken by the United States, Japan, India and other states. In particular, Dr. Sankaran studies the impact of emerging technological advances on weapons systems deployed by these states. He has also written about the U.S.-Russian disagreements over missile defenses and nuclear arms control.

Dr. Sankaran has held fellowships at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and the RAND Corporation. Before joining UT Austin, he was an assistant research professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He has served on study groups of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and the American Physical Society (APS) examining missile defenses and strategic stability. He has published in International Security, Contemporary Security Policy, Journal of East Asian Studies, Asian Security, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Arms Control Today, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and other outlets. His research has also been published by the RAND Corporation and the Stimson Center. Sankaran earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master of Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland.


FeatureAugust 12, 2022
Public policy courses this fall

The LBJ School is pleased to offer nearly 100 classes this fall to equip future public policy professionals with the skills they will need to lead and succeed. Alongside 18 dual degree options, 27 specializations and the vast resources of The University of Texas at Austin, students have endless opportunities to customize their degree.  

Here’s a snapshot of a few of our stand out courses: 


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NewsSeptember 24, 2021
Strauss and Clements announce the launch of the Asia Policy Program

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at The University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program.

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NewsMay 11, 2018
New faculty join LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes several new faculty appointments for the 2018 summer and 2018–19 academic year. New faculty specializations span policy areas and include national security, public management, economics and philanthropy.

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