Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Sabita Manian is Professor of International Relations at Lynchburg College, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2001. She also serves as Chair of the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts Studies program that she initiated there.
Dr. Manian’s teaching repertoire at LC includes nearly 22 courses such as Global Politics; Terror and Honor Politics: South Asia; and The Developing World. As part of another popular course, U.N. Politics, she leads her students to New York City for an experiential learning simulation where they participate in the role-playing of U.N. officials with 2,500 other students and actively learn the complex skills of policymaking that require compromise and negotiation in the pursuit of international peace and cooperation. Additionally, in fulfilling her ethos of community and citizenship, she has developed service-learning classes to India and St. Lucia that foster transnational collaboration among Lynchburg College students and some of the economically underprivileged groups in those countries.
Dr. Manian’s extensive research and publishing record stretches from gender politics and sex trafficking, including a co-edited book, Sex Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), to journal articles, book chapters, academic papers and public lectures on politics in the Mideast, the foreign policies of China and Taiwan, peace prospects between Pakistan and India, and ethnic and immigration politics in the Americas. She has presented academic papers nationally and internationally (in Belize, Belgium, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe and India). More recently, she has focused on collecting the oral history of descendants of East Indian indentured laborers in St. Lucia, who constitute a small minority there and whose historiography is almost nonexistent. She intends to contribute her compiled ethnographic history to the national archive in St. Lucia as an important record of East Indian heritage in the country.
Among the many honors that Dr. Manian has received are the Shirley Rosser Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010) — Lynchburg College’s highest teaching award — and the Thomas Allen Award for Excellence in Advising (2014). Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Manian now lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with her research- and life-partner, Dr. Brad Bullock.
"I do everything I can to … foster critical understanding of global issues and … show my students how an understanding of global problems and prospects for … resolution are relevant to who they are and what they become as productive and participatory citizens."