Ambassador Bhasin has been a Visiting Professor of International Relations & Diplomacy at Stony Brook since 2001, and served as Chair of the Department of Asian & Asian-American Studies from 2008 to 2014 before rejoining the Department of Political Science in 2014.
A career diplomat with four decades of professional experience in nine countries across the globe, his overseas assignments included India, China, Malaysia, the US, Hong Kong, Nepal, Botswana, South Africa and Denmark. He served as Ambassador in the last three countries.
During his Foreign Service career, he served twice in the United States - in Washington DC in the late 70s and early 80s, and as Consul General of India in New York in the mid 90s . During the 1990-91 academic year he was a senior fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the National Defence College of India, New Delhi and holds an M.Phil Degree in Defense & Strategic Studies.
Some notable highlights of his professional career in the foreign service include serving in the Peoples Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution and In South Africa during its transition from apartheid to a multiracial society.
His current academic interests are centered around the emerging relationship between the US, India and China in the 21st Century and is the author of a book on the subject: THE BIG THREE - The emerging relationship between the US, India & China in the changing world order.
In the Department of Political Science, Ambassador Bhasin teaches courses on the Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary China, Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary India and Problems in International Affairs.