Ritu Mathur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Political Science and Geography

Ritu Mathur


Dr. Ritu Mathur is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of International Relations with specialization in Security Studies. She is interested in developing postcolonial and critical security studies lenses to address problems of human suffering at the intersection of humanitarianism and disarmament. Her first book, Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control (2017) articulates a detailed account of practices of witnessing, trauma and testimony, practices of legalization and medicalization as the ICRC’s crafts an ‘effects based approach’ to arms regulation and prohibition. Dr. Mathur’s second book, Civilizational Discourses in Weapons Control (2020) studies the problem of modernity, ethnocentrism and universality as it explores how concepts of time and civilization are deployed as rhetorical resources in configuring our imaginary of arms control and disarmament as a disciplinary field of study. She has served as a guest editor for the Asian Journal of Political Science and in this capacity brought forth a Special Issue: Postcolonial Perspectives on Weapons Control (2018) She has published peer reviewed articles in reputed journals such as Contemporary Security Policy, Critical Studies on Security, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, and Strategic Analysis. Dr. Mathur is currently working on a book manuscript investigating the problem of Security Archives and the Problem of Cyber Arms Control.


Courses Taught at undergraduate and graduate level fat UTSA from Fall 2014- continuing

  • POL/GLA 5043 Graduate Class-International Politics
  • POL/GLA 5883 Graduate Class-Global Development & Human Rights
  • POL/GLA 5303 Graduate Class- Critical Security Studies
  • POL/GLA 4593 International Law
  • POL/GLA 4973 Senior Seminar-Humanitarian Politics
  • POL/GLA 3213 Theories of International Relations
  • POL/GLA 3043 International Human Rights
  • POL/GLA 3233 Theories of Justice
  • POL/GLA 2603 International Politics
  • POL/GLA 3523 Force in International Politics
  • POL/GLA 3523 Violence in International Politics
  • POL/GLA 3523 Current Issues in World Politics

Research Interests

  • Critical Security Studies
  • Poststructuralism
  • Postcolonialism
  • International Humanitarian Law & Politics
  • Arms Control & Disarmament
  • Medicine and War


  • Ph.D in Political Science York University, Toronto, Canada
  • M. Phil in Politics with specialization in Disarmament Studies, JNU, India
  • M.A in Politics with specialization in International Relations, JNU, India
  • B.A in Political Science (Honors), University of Kolkata, India

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Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials