Associate Professor, Political Science Program
Coordinator, Model U.N.
Phone: 814-871-5535
Office: PC 2223

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Service


Dr. Anjali Sahay, is currently working in a tenured position as Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Gannon University, Erie, PA since 2008 and has been appointed as Program Director of the International Studies Program (undergraduate) from Fall 2009. Dr. Sahay is also appointed as the Faculty Moderator of Gannon's Model UN Club that hosts the high school conference every Fall.  Prior to being at Gannon, she was appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC from 2006 - 2008. 

Her current work focuses on topics relating to the international political economy of India.  Her dissertation on international migration and international relations was released in April 2009 titled: Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain?  This book visits the topic of brain drain from a new lens.  It departs from the traditional literature to include discussion on brain gain and brain circulation using Indian migration to the United States as case study.  The book argues that while it cannot be denied that host countries have policies that encourage or provide the necessary conditions for brain drain to take place, it must be taken into account that many source countries now benefit from out-migration of their workers and students.  These are usually measured as remittances, investments and savings associated with return, and network approaches that, with a connectionist approach, link expatriates with their country of origin.

Her other areas of research include, US- India Relations, Diaspora Studies, International Political Economy, and U.S. Foreign Policy towards India.  To this end, she has also published a co-authored paper titled ‘Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, and Stability in South Asia.’  Her other notable publication includes: India-Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project: Implications for Regional Security; and the Global War on Terror and the Asian Diaspora in the US: Immigration, Remittances, and Development.

Dr. Sahay also places an equally important emphasis on making 'Teaching' a fun environment and actively uses technology in the classroom to meet the demands of the millennial generation.  She also received the first prize for Gannon President's Award for 'Teaching with Technology Award' in 2012.

Other hobbies and interests include listening to music, movies, reading books, and traveling.  Her favorite comedy shows is and remains 'Friends' although her current favorite shows also incluse 'Mad Men' and 'Downton Abbey.'

Courses Taught

  • POLI 111 Introduction to US Government & Politics
  • POLI 111 Introduction to US Government & Politics  - online
  • POLI 133 Introduction to International Relations (college and dual enrollment)
  • POLI 342 United Nations Practicum
  • POLI 393 International Political Economy
  • POLI 322 Regional Studies: Asia
  • HIST 390 East Asian Civilization

Educational History

Ph.D.  International Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Dissertation: Brain Drain or Gain: Migration of Knowledge Workers from India to USA

M.A.    History, Hindu College and Arts Faculty, Delhi University, Delhi, India
Concentrations: Post colonialism, Imperialism, Indian History and Contemporary India

B.A.  History, Gargi College, Delhi University, Delhi, India
History of World Systems (Asia, Europe, America)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Department of Political, Legal, and International Studies
Gannon University, Erie, PA
2008 - current

Visiting/Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2006 - 2008

Adjunct Instructor
Department of Political Science and Department of History
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
2003 - 2006  

Research/Teaching Assistant
Department of Political Science and Department of History
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
1999 - 2003

Professional Societies

  • Member, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) - Think Tank
  • Member, International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Member, American Political Science Association (APSA)


Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain.  Lanham MD: Lexington Books.  April 2009

  • Republished by New Delhi, India: Orient BlackSwan for the South Asian Market.  2011

Review of book
Alam, Mohmmad Badrul, (2010). [Review of the book: Indian diaspora in the United States: Brain drain or gain]. Asia Pacific Panorama, 9 (1), 70–71  

Articles in Journals and Books

At the Crossroads: The future of India-Iran relations. Foreign Policy Research Center Journal, 6, 94 -103.

The global war on terror and the Asian diaspora in the United States: Immigration, remittances, and development.   Asia Pacific Panorama, Volume 9 (2), December 2010, Pages 9 - 36.

The Iran–Pakistan–India Natural Gas Pipeline: Implications and Challenges for Regional Security.  Strategic Analysis, Volume 34, Issue 1, 2010, Pages 74 – 92.
By Anjali Sahay and Jalil Roshandel

Proliferation, Development, and Stability: Nuclear Weapons in South Asia.  Wilberforce Quarterly, Center for Defense and Security Policy, Wilberforce University, Fall 2008, pp 1 – 10.
By Alethia H. Cook and Anjali Sahay

Indians, in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 6: Ethnicity, Celeste Ray (ed).  University of North Carolina Press, 2007, pp 166 – 167.

Brain Drain or Brain Gain: Indian Diaspora in the United States, in Perspectives in Sociology of Diaspora, Dr. Ajay Kumar Sahoo and Brij Maharaj (eds.) New Delhi: Rawat Publication, 2006, pp 940 - 974.

Brain Drain or Gain: India to US.  Asia-Pacific Panorama, volume 5 (1).  Delhi: University of Delhi, June 2006, pp 49 – 78.


Director, International Studies (undergraduate program)
Faculty Moderator, Model UN Club
Fulbright Campus Advisor

Serving on Committees

  • Strategic Planning Committee, Spring 2012 - current
  • Study Abroad Committee, Spring 2012 – current
  • India Project Committee, Spring 2012 - current
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Committee, 2011 to current
  • Internationalization Programs Committee, 2009 to 2010
  • Academic Affairs Committee (College), 2009 to 2015
  • Academic Affairs Committee (University), 2008 to 2010