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Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava

Associate Professor // Political Science

Associate Professor // Cornerstone

Research focus:
Global Governance, Technology

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2258


Phone: (765) 496-0069

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2017
M.A. University of Chicago, 2011
B.A. UCLA, 2008 

Curriculum Vitae



International Relations



Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program


Research Summary

Swati Srivastava’s research focuses on International Relations, especially private actors in global governance. She has three ongoing interests. One examines how sovereign power is exercised through nonstate actors such as charter companies, security contractors, business associations, and NGOs. The resulting book, Hybrid Sovereignty in World Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press (2022). A second project explores the global politics of Big Tech and the related challenges of algorithmic governance. For this work, Professor Srivastava founded and directs the International Politics and Responsible Tech (iPART) research lab. Finally, she also theorizes relational approaches like constructivism and new kinds of responsibility. Professor Srivastava's research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.  

In 2023-24, she will be on fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.



Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award, Purdue University (2023)
     Highest teaching award in the University for untenured faculty

Professor of the Year, Pi Sigma Alpha [National Poli Sci Honor Society],Purdue University (2023)

Excellence in Discovery and Creative Endeavors Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue (2022)
     Highest research award in the College

Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue (2022)
     Highest teaching award in the College; awarded first year of eligibility

Antonia Syson Cornerstone Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue2022
     College-wide teaching award drawing from instructors of over 130 sections


Selected Publications

Srivastava, Swati. 2023. “Algorithmic Governance and the International Politics of Big 
Tech.” Perspectives on Politics 21(3): 989-1000. doi: 10.1017/S1537592721003145.

Srivastava, Swati. 2022. Hybrid Sovereignty in World Politics. Cambridge University Press.
◆ Selected for the Cambridge Studies in International Relations series.
◆ Reviewed in International Affairs; Perspectives on Politics (Critical Dialogue). Author-Meets-Critics sessions at ISA 2023;APSA 2023 (accepted)
◆ Winner of the International Studies Association's Northeast Scholars' Circle award for promising first book manuscript in International Relations (2018).
Monsees, Linda, Tobias Liebtrau, Anna Leander, Jonathan Luke Austin, and Swati Srivastava. 2023. “Transversal Politics of Big Tech.” International Political Sociology 17(1): 1-23. doi: 10.1093/ips/olac020.

Lemke, Tobias, Andrew Szarejko, Jessica Auchter, Alexander Barder, Daniel Green, Stephen Pampinella, and Swati Srivastava. 2023. “Forum: Doing Historical International Relations.” Cambridge Review of International Affairs 36(1):3-34. doi: 10.1080/09557571.2022.2044754.

Srivastava, Swati. 2022. “Corporate Sovereign Awakening and the Making of Modern State Sovereignty: New Archival Evidence from the English East India Company.” International Organization 76(3): 690-712. doi:10.1017/S002081832200008X.

Srivastava, Swati. 2022. “Navigating NGO-Government Relations in Human Rights: New Archival Evidence from Amnesty International, 1961-1986.” International Studies Quarterly 66(1). doi: 10.1093/isq/sqab009.

Srivastava, Swati. 2021. “Algorithmic Governance and the International Politics of Big Tech.” Perspectives on Politicsdoi: 10.1017/S1537592721003145.

Srivastava, Swati and Lauren Muscott. 2021. “How to Hold Unjust Structures Responsible in International Relations.” International Studies Quarterly 65(3): 573-581. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqab068.

Srivastava, Swati. 2020. “Corporate Responsibility.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.582.

Srivastava, Swati. 2020. “Varieties of Social Construction.” International Studies Review 22(3): 325-346. doi: 10.1093/isr/viz003.
***Winner of the International Studies Association’s Fred Hartmann Paper Award (2014)