College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Bidisha Biswas


M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Maryland
B.A., Hindu College, Delhi University

(360) 650-6596

AH 411

By appointment

Current Courses


On professional leave in Winter 2021.

About Professor Biswas

I earned my BA from the University of New Delhi and received my PhD from the Department of Government and Politics at University of Maryland, College Park.  I joined the Department of Political Science at Western Washington University in 2006. In Fall 2019, I was a a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2012-2013,  I had the opportunity to serve as a Franklin Fellow policy advisor on South Asia to the United States Department of State. 

My research interests include international security, conflict, immigration and diaspora politics. Much of my research has a policy orientation, and I have previously worked with Women in International Security, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (South Asia Division) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. I have authored  numerous publications and have presented at several national and international settings. Please see my CV for more information.

At Western, I teach courses on International Relations, Transnational Terrorism, American Foreign Policy, International Intervention in Civil Wars, Conflict Processes & Conflict Resolution, the Politics of South Asia, and Applied Methods.   I also serve as faculty advisor for the Political Science department’s Honors program.  Qualified students should contact me for more information about program qualifications and requirements. In my teaching, I am passionate about applying theoretical rigor to policy questions.  I was featured in the 2016-2017 WWU Innovative Teaching Showcase on Critical Thinking.  Students should expect lots of discussion and debates about current events as well as a strong emphasis on clear and concise writing. 

Faculty Research Interests

International Security, Conflict, Diaspora Politics, Refugee Governance Mechanims

Selected Publications

For full list of publications, please see my CV.

Select Refereed Publications

  • International Norms of Asylum and Burden-Sharing: A Case Study of Bangladesh and the Rohingya Refugee Population. 2020. Journal of Refugee Studies.
  • Radicalizing Female Empowerment: Gender, Agency, and Affective Appeals in Islamic State Propaganda”. 2019. Small Wars & Insurgencies30(6-7): 1193-1213. DOI:
  • “Who Protests? An Exploration of the Class Dimensions of Anti-Corruption Mobilization” (with Ramya M. Vijaya). 2019. Governance,  DOI: .
  • “What Can I Do with This Class? Building Employment-Related Skills in International Relations Courses” (with Virginia Haufler).2018. Journal of Political Science Education, DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2018.1515634.
  • “From Aruna Shanbaug to Jyoti Singh: A Tale of Policy Change as Told Through Landmark Rape Cases in India.” 2017.  In New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse Through Social Media, Film and Literature, edited by Sonora Jha and Alka Kurian. New York: Routledge: pp.42-59.
  • Just Say No: Explaining the Lack of International Mediation in Kashmir.” 2017.  International Negotiation 22(3): 499-520.
  • “Finding Agency in the Margins: Lessons from Teaching as Immigrant Women of Color.” (Co-authored with Shirin Deylami). PS: Political Science and Politics 50(4): 1011-1014. 
  • Indian Immigrant Women and Work. 2016. NY: Routledge. (Co-authored with Ramya Vijaya)
  • Teaching Theory, Writing Policy: Integrating Lessons from Foggy Bottom into the Classroom.” (co-authored with  Agnieszka Paczynska) 2015. PS: Political Science and Politics 48(1): 157-161.
  • Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and Accommodation. 2014. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Other Publications

Research Interests

  • Diaspora Politics
  • Ethnic and Civic Conflicts
  • International Relations
  • Terrorism

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