Dr. Kalyani Unkule

Dr. Kalyani Unkule

Professor, JGLS

B.A. Economics (University of Pune);

M.A. Social Work (Delhi University);

M.A. Global Studies (University of Leipzig);

M.Sc. Global History (London School of Economics);

SJD (Maurer School of Law, Indiana University)

: kunkule@jgu.edu.in

Kalyani Unkule is Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University and Visiting Professor with Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University in the United States of America, ISDE Law School in Spain, Stockholm University Faculty of Law in Sweden. She is also an honorary member of the National Academy for International Education. Having completed her BA and MA degrees respectively in Economics and Social Work, in 2007 she was awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship to pursue MA/MSc Global Studies at London School of Economics and University of Leipzig. Returning to India in 2010, she held positions in Government and consulting before joining Jindal Global University in 2012. In 2011, Kalyani founded The Whiteboard Initiative to encourage stronger Higher Education ties between India and Europe, with support from the European Commission and her Erasmus Mundus alumni community. Her doctoral dissertation at Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, was titled “Cooperation in the International System: An Interdisciplinary Investigation at the Intersection of International Relations and International Law”. She is the author of Internationalising the University: A Spiritual Approach, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019 and a recipient of the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grant.


  • Internationalising the University: A Spiritual Approach, Palgrave Macmillan 2019
  • Edited Volume: Research with international students: Critical conceptual and methodological considerations (Routledge Series Internationalization in Higher Education, Forthcoming 2023, co-edited with Jenna Mittelmeier and Sylvie Lomer)

Journal Articles: 

  • Experiencing Place for Experiential Learning. Journal of College and Character, 24(4), 383–387
  • Reflecting on Critical Considerations for Research with International Students as a Subfield with Jenna Mittelmeier, Sylvie Lomer, Critical Internationalisation Studies Review, Vol 2. No. 1 (2023)
  • Redesigning Internationalisation with Beginner’s Mind, Critical Internationalisation Studies Review, June 2022 
  • Pluralising Mobility: Women Pilgrims and Wandering Bodhisattvas, Journal of International Students, January 2022 
  • Seeing all beings as oneself: internationalizing higher education for universal harmony January 2018 special issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 

Web Commentaries: 

  • FreshEd Podcast Recommended: Why I use an Education Podcast to teach International Relations
  • University World News: Internationalising of HE for society comes of age
  • University World News: An opportunity to change international higher education? 
  • Critical Internationalisation Studies Newsletter: Three-part series titled “You Don’t Build Bridges to Safe and Familiar Territories”: Study Abroad Practice Based in Reconciliation as Falling Apart 

Book Chapter: 

  • From nowhere to now-here: Academic Nomadism between defiance and continuity in
    Borderlands: The Internationalisation of Higher Education Teaching Practices, Springer 2022

Book Reviews: 

  • Decolonizing the Spirit in Education and Beyond: Resistance and Solidarity, Editors: Wane, Njoki Nathani, Todorova, Miglena, Todd, Kimberly L. in Journal of College and Character, November 2021
  • Transforming research excellence: new ideas from the Global South Educational Review, September 2020