|Other designations:||Head, Department of International Relations, Dean, School of Global Studies, Dean, School of Social Sciences & Director of Research|
|Specialisation:||International Relations Theory, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Gandhi, Local Governance, African Political Economy, Northeast India|
|Course Offered:||Research Methodology, India’s Foreign Policy|
|Brief Profile:||A Professor of twelve years standing, Dr. John was earlier Director of the School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Professor of Development Studies at IIT Madras (2011-12), and inaugural Gandhi-Luthuli Professorial Chair in Peace Studies (2008-2010) at School of Politics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has thirty three years of teaching experience to his credit (including 5 years at St. Joseph’s College, Calicut and four years in the UK, the US and South Africa). He had served as Honorary Director of Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios Chair, Coordinator of the UGC SAP DRS Phase 1 & II, and Director of Research of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
Dr. John has published six books (four edited and two co-authored) and 80 research articles in highly rated national and international journals such as Public Administration and Development(Wiley), Cooperation and Conflict(Sage), Asian Journal of Women’s Studies (Routledge, 2 articles), Indian Journal of Gender Studies (Sage, 3 articles), Peace Review(Taylor and Francis,3 articles), Economic and Political Weekly(2 special articles), International Studies (Sage, 2 articles), Gandhi Marg and India Quarterly(Sage). The Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace published in early 2010 has five entries written by him. Some of his articles have been re-published in edited anthologies and handbooks (eg. one in Kanti Vajpayee ed. Orient Longman, 1995, One in Tina Uys ed., Orient Blackswan 2012, and one in the Sage Handbook of Peace Building 2014). He is the recipient of highly competitive awards such as Commonwealth Scholarship (Bradford University, UK), Commonwealth Fellowship (Lancaster University, UK), UGC Research Award (1999-2002) and Fulbright Visiting Professorship (Eastern Mennonite University, USA). Since 2005, he has been editing Gandhi Marg (quarterly), the topmost Journal in Gandhian Studies published by Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi. Dr. John is one of the most widely cited scholars in the field of social sciences with 25 of his publications turning in 290 citations, an H-index of 9 and an i10 index of 9. Eighteen candidates have successfully completed their doctoral theses working under his guidance. His areas of interest include International Relations Theory, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Gandhi, Political Theory, African Studies, Local Governance, Northeast India and Gender and Development.