Department Chair:
Chris Howell

Administrative Assistant:
Tracy Tucker

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8487
Fax: (440) 775-8898

Rice Hall, Room 216
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Swapna Pathak

Swapna Pathak

Visiting Instructor

Contact Information


Rice 15
(440) 775-5170

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-1:00 or by appointment

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Delhi, 2001
  • MA in International Relations, School of International Studies, JNU, Delhi, 2003
  • Ph.D. (expected, April 2011) in Political Science, University of South Carolina, SC

Swapna Pathak is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Politics. She has a BA in Journalism, a Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC. Her research and teaching interests include International Environmental Politics, International Relations Theory, Conflict and Peace Processes, and Politics of South Asia. Her current research focuses on the environmental consequences of international and civil wars, and post-conflict reconstruction of the environment.

Before commencing her Ph.D., Swapna worked for the South Asia Analysis Group, a leading research think- tank based in India, focusing on South Asian security issues. She has also contributed to national dailies in India like The Hindu and The Indian Express.