Vipin Narang

Vipin Narang

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Nuclear; nuclear proliferation; nuclear strategy; south asia; international relations; international security.

Biography

Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.

His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons.  His work has been published in several journals including International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly,and International Organization.

Research

Narang's research interests include nuclear proliferation, South Asian security, quantitative conflict studies, international relations theory, and general security studies.

Recent Publications

"Democratic Accountability and Foreign Security Policy: Theory and Evidence From India," Security Studies, January 8, 2018. With Paul Staniland. link.

"Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation: How States Pursue the Bomb" International Security, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Winter 2016/17), pp. 110–150. pdf

“Civil-Military Pathologies and Defeat in War: Tests Using New Data,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, January 2017. With Caitlin Talmadge. link

Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. link

Vipin Narang, "What Does it Take to Deter? Regional Power Nuclear Postures and International Conflict," Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57, no. 3 (June, 2013), pp. 478-508. link.

Teaching

17.418 Field Seminar in International Relations
17.426 Empirical Models in International Relations
17.955 Seminar in South Asian Security

News

Biography

Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.

His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons.  His work has been published in several journals including International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly,and International Organization.

Research

Narang's research interests include nuclear proliferation, South Asian security, quantitative conflict studies, international relations theory, and general security studies.

Recent Publications

"Democratic Accountability and Foreign Security Policy: Theory and Evidence From India," Security Studies, January 8, 2018. With Paul Staniland. link.

"Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation: How States Pursue the Bomb" International Security, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Winter 2016/17), pp. 110–150. pdf

“Civil-Military Pathologies and Defeat in War: Tests Using New Data,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, January 2017. With Caitlin Talmadge. link

Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. link

Vipin Narang, "What Does it Take to Deter? Regional Power Nuclear Postures and International Conflict," Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 57, no. 3 (June, 2013), pp. 478-508. link.

Teaching

17.418 Field Seminar in International Relations
17.426 Empirical Models in International Relations
17.955 Seminar in South Asian Security

News