Sankaran is an Assistant Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He works on problems that lie at the intersection of science & technology and international security. The current focus of Sankaran’s research is Asia-Pacific. Sankaran studies the growing military and nuclear weapons capabilities of China and the counter military balancing undertaken by the United States, Japan, India, and other states. Sankaran has also worked on U.S.-Russia strategic stability and nuclear arms control. Sankaran has held fellowships at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University and at RAND Corporation. Sankaran has published in , , , , and other outlets. His research has also been published by the RAND Corporation and the Stimson Center.