Pahi Saikia is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. She did her MA and MPhil from CPS, JNU, New Delhi. She completed her PhD in Political Science from McGill University, Canada. She is a recipient of the Canadian Commonwealth Fellowship. Her major areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining IIT Guwahati, she was a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, BC, Canada. She was also associated with the Center for Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Victoria, Canada. She was a Visiting Academic at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. In 2018, she was awarded the Indo-Shastri Mobility grant to conduct research at Carleton University, Canada.

Her research interests include: International Relations; Foreign Policy between India and neighbouring countries; Ethnic identity politics, tribes and indigenous people in Northeast India; Governance & political development in developing areas; Security issues in borderlands Asia; Social movements and conflict prevention.