Marc Reyes
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Program
Project Title: Nuclear Nationalism: India, the U.S., and Defining the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947–1974
Field of Study: History, Modern
Home Institution: University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT
Host Institution: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi  
Grant Start Month: December, 2018
Duration of Grant: Nine months

Marc Reyes
Brief Bio:

Mr. Marc Reyes is a historian interested in the intersections of foreign relations, cultural studies, and science and technology. His research examines the foreign relations history between the United States and its interactions—diplomatically, economically, culturally—with India. Mr. Reyes’s dissertation (in progress), “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the United States, and Defining the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974,” is an investigation of the political and cultural contexts behind India’s atomic energy program. The study reveals a complex and contested dynamic at work between two of the world’s leading democracies and contributes to literature on the state building of independent India and U.S. attempts to influence such developments.

Mr. Reyes’s scholarship includes contributions to blogs, digital projects, and academic journals. As an instructor, Mr. Reyes assisted or led courses on diverse topics such as human rights in Latin America, nationalist movements in Southeast Asia, and history of digital media/culture. He presented research papers at regional, national, and international history conferences. His work received support from the University of Connecticut, the National Science Foundation, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He holds a BA in history from the University of Missouri and an MA in history from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Besides his teaching and research background, Mr. Reyes’s academic career includes working in state historical societies and university archives, assisting online and interdisciplinary courses, and serving as a writing tutor.

Mr. Reyes’s project examines the political and cultural contexts of India’s atomic energy program, from 1947 to 1974, using India’s research of the atom as a lens to better understand the overall U.S.-India Cold War–era relationship. It sheds light on how Indians, from public officials to newspaper editors to elite members of India’s capitalist class, preached the necessity of atomic energy’s peaceful uses while also issuing ambiguous statements regarding the development of nuclear weapons. Incorporating sources from multiple countries, the project views India’s atomic energy program as a transnational project shaped by Indian and non-Indian actors.