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Priya Dixit

Priya Dixit, Associate Professor

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Priya Dixit, Associate Professor

Department of Political Science
511 Major Williams Hall (0130)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5323 |

Professor Dixit’s research interests are critical security studies (especially terrorism); qualitative research methodologies (especially discourse analysis and ethnography) and postcolonial theory in International Relations.

Currently, Dr. Dixit is researching the role played by Gurkhas in global security, taking a historical and comparative approach. She is also working on how the "war on terror" (and terrorism in general) is visualized and communicated by different social actors. A related interest is on U.S. foreign policy/national security and its conceptualization of threats, specifically the use of terrorism by states.

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  •  Terrorism and Counterterrorism 
  • Global Security and Critical Security Studies
  • PhD, American University
  • M. of International Studies, University of Sydney
  • BA, James Cook University
  • Journal of International Relations and Development, former Managing Editor
  • International Trade and Industry Division, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, former Associate Economic Affairs Officer
  • International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Association of American Geographers
  • 2014: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for “World War One in the Middle East”, Summer Institute at Georgetown University, Washington DC. 
  • 2013: Investigator in a National Science Foundation grant proposal on “Physical and Socioeconomic Impacts of Hurricane Sandy” (Principal Investigators: Robert Weiss, VT Geosciences and Jennifer Irish, VT Engineering). 
  • 2013: College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Scholarship for 2013-2014, Virginia Tech.


Critical Methods For the Study Of Terrorism, Dixit, P. and Stump, J. (eds)., Routledge, London and New York (2014)

Dixit, P. On Terrorism: “States” and “Terrorists” in Nepal and the United Kingdom, Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK (2015).

Dixit, P. and Stump, J. Critical Terrorism Studies: An Introduction to Research, Routledge, London and New York (2013).

Journal Articles

Dixit, P. “The Rhetoric of “Terrorism” and the Evolution of a Counterterrorist State in Nepal,” Global Change, Peace & Security, 25, 2 (June 2013). 

Dixit, P. “Relating to Difference: Aliens and Alienness in Doctor Who and International Relations,” International Studies Perspectives, Volume 13, Issue 3 (August 2012): 289-306. 

Dixit, P. and Stump, J. “Toward a Completely Constructivist Critical Terrorism Studies,” International Relations, Volume 26, Issue 2 (June 2012): 199-217. 

Dixit, P. and Stump J. “A Response to Smith and Jones: It’s Not as Bad as it Seems; Or, Five Ways to Move Critical Terrorism Studies Forward,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 34, (June 2011): 501-11.

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