Tinaz Pavri is the Division Chair for the Social Sciences and Education at Spelman College. In that capacity, she serves as a link between the division and the Office of the Provost on a host of curricular, academic and other issues.
She is professor in the department of Political Science. Her B.A. in Political Science is from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay. Her Ph.D., also in Political Science (with a specialization in international relations and South Asia) is from the Ohio State University.
Dr. Pavri’s research and publication interests lie in the area of security studies and conflict resolution (particularly ethno-nationalist and protracted conflicts), questions of national identity and the international political economy. She has published numerous articles in such journals as Peace Review and Roundtable, book chapters and a co-edited book (by Strategic Studies Institute Press) on these and other topics. Her geographic area of expertise is South Asia, and she has recently published on communications and conflict resolution between India and Pakistan, and on India’s new, global economy.
Dr. Pavri has served on the executive board of the Georgia Political Science Association and is a consultant with the National Institutes of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has appeared as a guest on radio shows including National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley show. She has also successfully obtained grants from the U.S. Army War College, co-authored grants from the Southern Educational Foundation (SEF) to support integration of technology into the classroom and from United Negro College Fund-Special Projects to co-direct the Sophomore Summer Institute of the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) at Spelman College. She has spear-headed the India Initiative at Spelman, is currently heading the creation of an Asian Studies minor and has served as consultant for numerous Study Abroad initiatives and the Fulbright-India selection committee. A grant recipient of the Mellon and Lilly Foundations and the Association of Colleges of the South, she was awarded the college’s Presidential award for scholarship.
At Spelman, she has taught a range of Political Science courses including Comparative Political Systems, Political Theory and International Politics and Film. She particularly values Spelman’s liberal arts tradition, focus on interdisciplinary and the robust give and take of the classroom.