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Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava

Associate Professor // Political Science

Associate Professor // Cornerstone

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2258


Phone: (765) 496-0069

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2017
M.A. University of Chicago, 2011
B.A. UCLA, 2008


Current CV



International Relations



Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program


Research Summary

Swati Srivastava’s research focuses on International Relations, especially private actors in global governance. She has three ongoing interests. One examines how sovereign power is exercised through nonstate actors such as charter companies, security contractors, business associations, and NGOs. The resulting book, "Hybrid Sovereignty in World Politics," is under contract with Cambridge University Press. A second project explores the global politics of Big Tech and the related challenges of algorithmic governance. For this work, Professor Srivastava founded and directs an undergraduate research lab on Big Tech and Political Responsibility. Finally, she also theorizes relational approaches like constructivism and new kinds of responsibility. Professor Srivastava's research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.


Selected Publications

Srivastava, Swati. Hybrid Sovereignty in World Politics. Under contract. Cambridge University Press (U.K.), Cambridge Studies in International Relations series.
*** Winner of the International Studies Association's Northeast Scholars' Circle award for promising first book manuscript in International Relations (2018)

Srivastava, Swati. Forthcoming. "Algorithmic Governance and the International Politics of Big Tech." Perspectives on Politics.

Srivastava, Swati. Forthcoming. "Situating Historical IR in the Data Revolution," in Forum: "Doing Historical IR." Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Srivastava, Swati and Lauren Muscott. 2021. "How to Hold Unjust Structures Responsible in International Relations." International Studies Quarterly 65(3): 573-581. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqab068

Srivastava, Swati. 2021. "Navigating NGO-Government Relations in Human Rights: New Archival Evidence from Amnesty International, 1961-1986." International Studies Quarterly. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqab009

Srivastava, Swati. 2020. "Corporate Responsibility." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.582

Srivastava, Swati. 2020. "Varieties of Social Construction." International Studies Review 22(3): 325-346. doi:10.1093/isr/viz003

*** Winner of the International Studies Association's Fred Hartmann Paper Award (2014)