Deep Pal

Ph.D. 2019
Doctoral candidate Deep Pal (2015 Cohort)

Dissertation Project

Refracted Images: India’s self-image and the influence of China on foreign policy (1950-1975)

Professional Background

Journalism and Policy Research


Hindi, Bangla, Chinese, Qualitative Methods



Deep Pal is a PhD candidate at Jackson School. He is also affiliated to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) as a Non-Resident Fellow. His research interests include International Relations, foreign policy, and regional security of South Asia.

His doctoral dissertation examines the complex dynamics guiding the Sino-Indian relationship since the middle of the 20th century. The project investigates the role of ideational variables on Indian foreign policy. How do identity, beliefs and norms held by decision-makers in a state, influence foreign policy? The study pursues the question by examining cases drawn from India’s policies in its neighborhood, specifically instances where perceptions of China dominate decision-making.

He has earlier worked as a as a political and business journalist in India. Most recently, he researched and wrote on security issues in Asia for NBR, and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He has contributed to publications such as Foreign Policy, China Brief, The Diplomat, and The Wire. Deep has a master’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.


 Fellowships & Grants

  • Chester Fritz Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Washington, 2017-2018
  • Frank F. Conlon Fellowship in South Asian Studies, South Asia Center, University of Washington, 2016.
  • Space Security Initiative (SSI) Junior Fellow, IPI, University of Washington, 2015-2016.
  • Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship, University of Washinton, 2015-2016.
  • Mentor, Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars Program, The George Washington University, 2013-2014.
  • Sigur Center language study grant, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University, 2013.
  • Freeman Foundation International Fellowship, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2013.
  • High Honors Fellowship, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2012-2014

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