Associate Professor Priya Chacko

Associate Professor, International Politics

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Priya Chacko is an Associate Professor of International Politics at the University of Adelaide. Prior to Adelaide, she worked at universities at Victoria University of Wellington and University of the Witwatersrand and was recently a non-resident fellow at the Perth-US Asia Centre and a visiting academic fellow at the Australia-India Institute.


She is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and was previously co-Editor-in Chief of Contemporary Politics. Her research focuses on how nationalism facilitates, and is used to justify, domestic and foreign policies;  how the international (global capitalist processes, colonialism and imperialism, transnational knowledge production, geopolitics etc.) shapes domestic politics and political economy; and the structural role of ideology in capitalism. She has published widely on these topics with a focus on Indian politics and foreign policy and the Indo-Pacific region in journals like International Affairs, Political Geography, Modern Asian Studies and Journal of Contemporary Asia. 


Her current projects focus on 1) the rise and impact of authoritarian populist governance in India; 2) the transnational impact of autocratisation in India through strategies of transnational repression, legitimation, cooptation and cooperation; 3) the role of racial capitalism in shaping Australia’s international relations. She is a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council-funded project on populist political mobilisation through digital technologies in the Indian and Turkish diasporas in Australia and a member of the Steering Committe of the Exclusionary Regimes and Autocratisation Hub of the Open Society University Network Forum on Democracy and Devlopment.



Civilisationist Mobilisation, Digital Technologies and Social Cohesion, Australian Research Council, DP230100257, Chief Investigator with Ihsan Yilmaz (Deakin) and Ana-Maria Bliuc (Dundee) AUD 453,538, 2023-2026

Civilisationalist rulers polarise societies mainly along religious identity lines. They also reach into their emigrant communities and pit ‘loyal’ supporters against other expatriate groups. This project aims to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge on transnational civilisationalism by studying the Islamist and Hindutva civilisationalisms, their reach into their emigrant populations and how they are received by the Turkish and Indian communities in Australia. The project will assist policy makers in democracies and community groups by generating conceptual frameworks and benchmark evidence-base for effective policies to deal with transnational civilisationalism’s negative effects and intervention strategies, fostering social cohesion.
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor The New Anti-Liberalism: Conspiracism, Dis/misinformation, and the Seizure of Liberal Ideas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew James Bracken Nicoll
    2023 Principal Supervisor ‘Kerala is different’: Tracing the global history of the region in South India Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Anand Sreekumar
    2023 Principal Supervisor The Impact of Sino-Indian relations on the Evolution of Tibetan nationalist movement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Janhavi Rajiv Pande
    2023 Co-Supervisor The Influence of Religion on the Voting Attitudes and Behaviour of Educated Middle-Class Electors in Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Arefa Sultana
    2018 Principal Supervisor Insecuritization and the Citizenship Regime: Claims of Citizenship of Bangladeshi Migrants amidst the Politics of Insecurity in Mumbai, India Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Maggie Paul
    2018 Principal Supervisor Spiritual Aspects of Indian Politics and Power Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Aavriti Gautam
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2024 Co-Supervisor Nurturing Women’s Participation in STEM: An Analysis of Australian, Indian and Singaporean Government Policies and Programs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Kirsty Nicole Haynes
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor A Moment of Possibility: The Rise and Fall of the New International Economic Order Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samuel Thomas Nicholls
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Foreign Policy Think Tanks: Challenging or Building Consensus on India's Pakistan Policy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Stuti Bhatnagar
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The Development of IGAD as a Distinctively African Regional Security Community for the Horn of Africa with Case Studies of South Sudan and Somalia Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Stephen Gatkak Chan
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor India and the 'Anglosphere': A Postcolonial Genealogy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Edmund Davis
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Internationalisation of Chinese Capital and the Transformation of State-society Relations in Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Edson Ziso
    2012 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Blinded by the Rising Sun: Japanese Military Intelligence from the First Sino-Japanese War to the End of World War II Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Simon Hall
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Think Tanks, Discourse, and the Promotion of Non-Traditional Security in Asia: An Examination of Think Tank Ideational Influence on Asian Security Governance Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Erin Catherine Zimmerman
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor The Kurdish and Iraqi Counter-Quests for Nationhood The Transformation of Iraqi Kurdistan into Quasi-State Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aram Rafaat
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Editor South Asia: journal of South Asian studies South Asian Studies Association of Australia Australia
    2019 - ongoing Board Member Australian Journal of International Affairs Griffith Australia
    2019 - 2022 Editor Contemporary Politics Routledge United Kingdom
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor Asian Studies Review Deakin university Australia
    2016 - ongoing Board Member Contemporary Politics university of western Australia Australia
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of the Indian Ocean Region - -
  • Position: Associate Professor, International Politics
  • Phone: 83135088
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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