Focus areas: International security, modern state formation in conflict and post-conflict settings, the role of warlords in the state building project in post-2001 Afghanistan
Dipali Mukhopadhyay teaches international security at the School of International and Public Affairs, where she is a faculty affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. She recently published the book Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan (Cambridge, 2014). Prior to joining Columbia's faculty, Mukhopadhyay spent 2011 as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University. Her current work on Afghanistan builds on her first book with a study of palace politics during the Karzai presidency. She also has two projects underway on the Syrian civil war related to Western engagement with the opposition and rebel governance. Mukhopadhyay’s research has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the Eisenhower Institute, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Harvard Law School, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Education. Her writings have been published in academic books and journals as well as by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. News & World Report, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Professor Mukhopadhyay received her doctorate from Tufts University's Fletcher School in 2010 and her BA in political science magna cum laude from Yale University.