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Sidra Hamidi

Program Area(s):  International Relations; Methods

Regional Specialization(s):  Middle East; Asia

Dissertation Title:

The Politics of Nuclearity: Identity Relations in the Global Nuclear Regime

Dissertation Committee:  Ian Hurd (chair), James Mahoney, Wendy Pearlman, Sumit Ganguly (external at Indiana University)

Research Interest(s): International Security, International Relations Theory, Nuclear Politics, Identity, Discourse

Sidra Hamidi research interests include international relations theory, nuclear politics, and state identity. Her research focuses on the distinction between "nuclear" and "non-nuclear" states and how this distinction gets legally and socially-constructed. She examines the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons along with the cases of Iran, Israel, India, and Brazil in determining the legal and social ramifications of being a nuclear state. Methodologically, she studies nuclear politics through the lens of state identity in international relations theory. She argues that being a nuclear state requires recognition of this status from both a social and material perspective.


  • “What’s really at stake in the Iran Deal? Identity Politics.” Washington Post: Monkey Cage, July 16, 2015.
  • “Dealing Reform: Iranian Domestic Politics after the Nuclear Deal.” E-International Relations, May 15, 2016.
  • “The Russian Threat and the Poverty of Post-Truth.” Duck of Minerva blog, January 19, 2017.


  • R. Barry Farrell Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching
  • Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences/The Graduate School (WCAS/TGS) Teaching Fellowship
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