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 is an Associate Professor (untenured) of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she is also a faculty affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. She is the author of Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Kimberly Howe and Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her scholarly publications also include articles in Conflict, Security and Development, International Negotiation, Perspectives on Politics, as well as a series of book chapters in edited volumes. Her policy-oriented writing has been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and The Washington Post. 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. She is Vice President of the American Institute of Afghan Studies and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

At Columbia, Mukhopadhyay teaches Conceptual Foundations of International Politics, the introductory survey course for graduate students in the School of International and Public Affairs. She also teaches a number of advanced graduate seminars in the field of international security policy on political violence and state-building. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, Mukhopadhyay spent 2011 as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University. In 2016, she was a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. Professor Mukhopadhyay received her doctorate from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and her BA in political science magna cum laude from Yale University.

Research & Publications

February 2019|Lawfare|Dipali Mukhopadhyay
October 2018|Foreign Policy|Dipali Mukhopadhyay , Omar Sharifi
August 2017|Lawfare|Dipali Mukhopadhyay , Omar Sharifi
April 2017|The Washington Post|Dipali Mukhopadhyay , Romain Malejacq
December 2016|Perspectives on Politics |Dipali Mukhopadhyay , Romain Malejacq
January 2016|United States Institute of Peace|Dipali Mukhopadhyay