Manali Kumar

Manali Kumar

Manali Kumar

Member Programme Committee, representative of junior faculty
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Theories of International Relations
  • India - national identity and rising power
  • Prudence in statecraft
  • Foreign Policy Decision Making
  • Constructivist approaches in International Relations
  • Judgment and Choice under Uncertainty
Fields of research
  • Identity in IR
  • India as a rising power
  • Prudence
  • Qualitative methods
Further fields of research
  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Indo-Pacific
  • PhD, Political Science, National University of Singapore (2020)
  • MA, Geopolitics Territory & Security, King's College London (2011)
  • BA, International Affairs & Philosophy, George Washington University (2009)
Professional Career

Editor-in-Chief, 9DASHLINE

Teaching Activities

Spring Project: Rising Powers (BIA)

Introduction to Contemporary Indian Society (Kontextual Studies)


How Do Rising Power Identities and Interests Change over Time? The Case of India, 1980-2020 (HSG-GFF Postdoctoral Project)

The Promise of Prudence: Decision-Making in an Uncertain World (PhD Thesis)

National Identity Database - India, 1950-2010 (Making Identity Count Project)

From Emerging Markets to Rising Powers? Power Shift in International Economic Governance 


International Studies Association (ISA)

European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)

European International Studies Association (EISA)


Swiss Excellence Research Scholarship, 2018-2019 (Switzerland)

President's Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2018 (Singapore)


“The Prudent Judgment Approach for Decision-Making under Uncertainty”, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India (4 February 2022).

India and the Indo-Pacific, University of St Gallen (1 December 2022).

Keynote Speaker, “International Politics of Climate Change”, Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 (10 November 2021).

Keynote Speaker, “International Politics of Climate Change”, Geospatial World Forum 2021 (Amsterdam, 20 October).

Publishing as an early-career researcher, panellist in a workshop for the King’s India Institute Graduate Conference 2021, King’s College London (30 June 2021).

“Making Identity Count: Discourses of Indian National Identity, 1950-2020”, PSC1666 Terrorism and Political Violence (graduate seminar), Hawai’i Pacific University (28 October 2020).     

“Making Identity Count: Discourses of Indian National Identity, 1950-2020”, Swiss Political Science Association, Annual Conference, Virtual/Bern (5 February 2021).

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