Faculty School of Modern Media

Dr. Kaustav Padmapati

Assistant Professor - Senior Scale

Dr Kaustav Padmapati has nearly 12 years of experience in the areas of teaching and research, international relations projects, media, public policy, content writing and project coordination. He is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship and worked from August’11 to May’12 at the Center for Asian Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA as Visiting Fulbright Research Scholar and Adjunct Faculty. He completed his PhD in “US- Taiwan Relations during Bush Administration, 2001-2008,” from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2021.
He has published widely on International Relations specifically on India- US Relations, Taiwan, the Look East Policy, etc. and gender and queer identities. He has previously been an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Royal Global University, Guwahati, a Programme Officer at Ananta Aspen Centre and guest faculty at the Centre for Southeast Asian Study, Gauhati University. In addition, he worked as Programme Officer at the International Affairs division of Ananta Aspen Centre (Formerly known as Aspen Institute India) in the New Delhi office, from July ’14 to September 2018. Some of the international and national projects completed by him are - the Nippon Foundation Project with Japan, the Foreign Policy Lecture Series, China Symposia in partnership with the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), India- Japan Strategic Dialogue, India – Korea Strategic Dialogue and India- China Strategic Dialogue.
Kaustav also worked at various institutions like Sahitya Akademi, Thought Arbitrage Research Institution, the Foundation for National Security Research and Macmillan Publishing Solutions.
Kaustav holds M. Phil. in American Studies Program from the Center for Canadian, US & Latin American Studies, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, an MA in Political Science from Ramjas College affiliated to Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi, Delhi, and BA in Political Science (Hons.) from Ramjas College affiliated to the University of Delhi. He qualified for UGC-NET (University Grant Commission-National Eligibility Test) in Political Science for a lectureship in June 2007.
His research areas include China, the United States, Taiwan, East Asia, Southeast Asia, ASEAN, International Relations, gender, and alternative sexuality. Currently, he is working on his edited volume “Queer Voices from Periphery: Perspective from Northeast India.”
Kaustav is fluent in English, Assamese, Hindi, and Bengali.