The Centre on Asia and Globalisation is pleased to welcome Visiting Associate Professor Manjari Chatterjee Miller from Boston University who will be here from July 20 to August 10, 2018. During her stay, she will be working on her book project on rising powers which is contracted to Oxford University Press, and funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. Her research looks at why some rising powers rise, while others that seemingly have the material capabilities and perhaps even the ambition, fail to do so. Amongst her cases are the US, the Netherlands, China, and India.
She will also be working on a handbook on China-India relations with Assistant Professor Selina Ho, and Professor Kanti Bajpai, Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies, both from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The volume will have contributions from over 40 scholars from around the world.
Professor Miller’s first book was Wronged by Empire: Post-Imperial Ideology and Foreign Policy in India and China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012), published in the Asian Security series. The book examines how India and China behave in the international system and how the historical legacy of colonialism influences their behavior even today. It uses a creative mix of archival research (including Mandarin sources), newspaper data mining, and statistical analysis to suggest that both countries operated under a “post-imperial ideology” that arose from their sense of colonial trauma and victimhood. Professor Miller writes extensively on Indian foreign policy and recently co-edited a special issue of the Chatham House journal, International Affairs, on Modi’s foreign policy, titled “India’s Rise at 70”. The issue contained 11 essays.
Professor Miller’s work has appeared in academic journals as well as non-academic outlets such as Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, The Diplomat, the Asia Society Policy Institute, The Hindu and the Christian Science Monitor, and been supported by, among others, the East-West Center, Oxford University, the Fairbank Center, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the US Department of Education. Before joining Boston University, Professor Miller completed her PhD at Harvard University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.