I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Global Politics at Humboldt State University and a Andrew Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies doctoral fellow.


I broadly research private actors in global governance. I have three ongoing interests. One is how sovereign power is expressed through nonstate actors such as security contractors, business associations, and NGOs. My second project explores the global politics of Big Tech. Finally, I also theorize relational approaches like constructivism and new kinds of responsibility.


I lead an undergraduate research group at Purdue on Big Tech and Political Responsibility. Our current project builds an original dataset of Facebook's political harms from 2004 till present and tracks the related global regulatory landscape to identify the most pressing accountability gaps. This research has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University, where I was also affiliated as a graduate fellow in the Center for Legal Studies and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.



Swati Srivastava