Professor Emeritus of Political Science. Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976.
Raju George Curian Thomas specializes in international and transnational security issues. He is the Allis-Chalmers Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Marquette University. He was US Fulbright Professor at Belgrade University, Serbia, 2005-2006, and the University of Bologna, Italy, Spring 2007.
He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University-CSIA-KSG (1980-1981 and 1988-1989), UCLA (1982-1983), MIT (1988-1989), and the International Institute for Strategic Studies-London (1991-1992). Other fellowship offers from Harvard-CFIA-Coolidge (2004-2005), Stanford (1980-81), Cornell (1980-81) and Cambridge (2004-2005) universities, and a Research Fulbright to India (1988-89) could not be accepted.
He was educated at the Bombay Scottish School, St. Xavier's College of Bombay University, the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) from where he obtained his Ph.D.
He is also the recipient of grants from the Ford, MacArthur and Carnegie foundations; and grants from Los Alamos National Laboratories, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.
He has advised the US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, the US Defense Intelligence Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the British Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the Indian Ministries of External Affairs and Defense. He has delivered nearly 70 overseas lectures in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Serbia.
Thomas’s 13 books and edited books include Indian Security Policy (Princeton University Press, 1986); South Asian Security in the 1990s (IISS-London/Oxford, 1994), Democracy, Security and Development in India (St. Martin's,1996), India's Nuclear Security (Lynne Rienner, 2000); Nuclear India in the 21st Century (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2002); and Yugoslavia Unraveled (Lexington, 2003). Between 1997 and 2007, he wrote the annual India Files for Jane's Defence of London. He is the contributing co-editor with Stanley World of the four-volume, 2000-page Encyclopedia of India (Macmillan-Gale, 2004).
His 30 academic articles have been published in journals that include World Politics, Annual Review of the American Political Science Association, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, World Affairs, Survival, Journal of Strategic Studies, Harvard International Review, Wisconsin International Law Journal, Foreign Service Journal, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His 35 book chapters were published in edited books by Cambridge, Oxford, Stanford, California, Columbia, Duke, and Queens-McGill University presses, and books by Macmillan, St. Martin's, Lexington, and Taylor & Francis.
His more than 100 newspaper articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Newsday, Guardian, Observer, Il Tiempo, Der Standard, Japan Times, China News Daily, Straits Times, Times of India, and Hindustan Times.
He has written four novels: Desperate Lives (Author House, 2008), Bombaywallahs (Publish America, 2009), Academic Circles (Book Surge, 2009) and The Danube Blues (forthcoming).
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