Sidra Hamidi

Assistant Professor

Sidra Hamidi's research specialties include nuclear politics, nuclear diplomacy, and state identity. She teaches courses in international politics. She earned a PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford University.

  • PhD, Political Science, Northwestern University
  • MA, International Relations, University of Chicago


Sidra Hamidi


Sidra Hamidi is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science and was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her current book project explores the politics of the distinction between nuclear and non-nuclear states, particularly as it applies to the nuclear status of Israel, India, and Iran. She has published in outlets such as the Washington Post and War on the Rocks and is currently working on a paper that explores the legal distinction between nuclear and non-nuclear states. Her research interests and teaching pedagogy both focus on evaluating and understanding the role of historical and sociological forces in global politics.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Nuclear Diplomacy
  • U.S.-Iran Relations
  • International Security
  • International Laws

Course Sampling

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • Global Nuclear Politics

  • International Relations Theory
  • State Identity
  • Nuclear Politics

  • "What's in a Name? North Korea and the Contested Politics of 'Nuclear Weapon States'." War on the Rocks, March 6, 2019.
  • "Don't Overlook the Root Cause of the Latest India-Pakistan Flare-Up." The Diplomat, March 5, 2019.
  • "The Russian Threat and the Poverty of Post-Truth." Duck of Minerva blog, January 19, 2017.
  • "Dealing Reform: Iranian Domestic Politics after the Nuclear Deal." E-International Relations, May 15, 2016.
  • "What's really at stake in the Iran Deal? Identity Politics." Washington Post: Monkey Cage, July 16, 2015.