Dr. Itty Abraham

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher
Field of Specialization: Science and Technology Studies
Name: Dr. Itty Abraham       
Official Address and Designation: Associate Professor
University of Texas--Austin
Department of Government and Asian
Studies, College of Liberal Arts Austin, Texas
Indian Host Institution: P.M. Bhargava Foundation
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Duration of Grant & Start Date : 9 months
July 2011

Brief Bio:
Dr. Itty Abraham is an Associate Professor of government and Asian studies at the University of Texas at Austin and former director of the UT South Asia Institute. He has held positions at the East-West Center Washington, George Washington University, Stanford University, and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), where he was program director for South Asia, Southeast Asia, and, Global Security and Cooperation, from 1992-2005. His areas of expertise include foreign policy, critical security studies, and, science and technology studies. Dr. Abraham received his Bachelor's Degree in economics from Loyola College, Madras, (presently Chennai) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of "The Making of the Indian Atomic Bomb: Science, Secrecy and the Postcolonial State", editor of the "South Asian Cultures of the Bomb: Atomic Publics and the State in India and Pakistan", co-editor of "Illicit Flows and Criminal Things: States, Borders and the other side of Globalization, and, Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia", as well as numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and, research reports. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Ford, Rockefeller, and Wenner-Gren Foundations, the Open Society Institute Burma Project, and the US Institute of Peace.
Dr. Abraham's Fulbright-Nehru research titled 'Building an Archive for Molecular Biology', will seek to collect oral histories of the first two generations of Indian molecular biologists. This collection will constitute a base on which -- the longer term objective -- a dedicated research archive for the study of modern science and technology can be constructed. This will be the first Indian archive to focus exclusively on the life sciences, in particular, molecular and cellular biology.