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

Dr. Sankaran works on problems that lie at the intersection of international security and science & technology. Sankaran spent the first four years of his career as a defense scientist with the Indian Missile R&D establishment. His work in weapons design and development led to his interests in matters such as the balance of military power, strategic stability, and arms control. 

Sankaran received his Ph.D. (in international security Policy) in 2012, writing his dissertation on the role of deterrence, dissuasion, denial and arms control in preserving peace and stability in outer space.

The current focus of Sankaran’s research is Asia-Pacific. Sankaran studies the growing military and nuclear weapons capabilities of China and the counter military balancing undertaken by the United States, Japan, India and other states. Sankaran has also worked on U.S.-Russia strategic stability and nuclear arms control.

Sankaran has held fellowships at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University and at RAND Corporation. Sankaran has published in International Security, Contemporary Security Policy, 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.



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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