Dr. Sweta Sen is an Assistant Professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs. Before arriving at JSIA, she was a full-time, visiting lecturer at Butler University (Indianapolis, USA) and instructor at Kent State University (Ohio, USA). She earned her PhD in Political Science from Kent State University in 2019. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked with an anti-human-trafficking project that was administered by the European Union through the Group Development Association of France in Kolkata. During her tenure there, she was actively involved in restoration, rehabilitation, and reintegration of the trafficking survivors into mainstream society.
Her dissertation titled “When Rebels talk Human Rights: Non-State Armed Groups and Humanitarian Agreements” explores why some non-state armed groups (NSAGs) voluntarily comply with international humanitarian norms and subsequently contribute significantly to the protection of civilians in situations of conflict. Her academic interests revolve around understanding the politics of non-state governance, rebel legitimacy-building, and non-state statehood. She has received several academic fellowships and support for her work including the Senesh Fellowship from the International Peace Research Association and Teaching Fellowship from Kent State University.
Beside reading and learning about conflicts and conflict actors, she is a huge proponent of self-care and spends most of her time eating, reading fiction, watching TV shows, and sleeping – not particularly in that order.