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Asha Rangappa
Renuka Asha Rangappa

(1974-11-15) November 15, 1974 (age 49)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Yale University (JD)

Renuka Asha Rangappa (born November 15, 1974)[1] is an American lawyer, former FBI agent, senior lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and a commentator on MSNBC and CNN. She was previously an associate dean at Yale Law School.[2] She is serving as a senior lecturer at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[3] Rangappa is also a member of the board of editors of Just Security.[4]

Early life[edit]

Rangappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to parents from Karnataka, India,[5] who immigrated to the US in 1970. She told Elle that her parents "came under a provision where the government was specially looking for doctors," under the 1965 Hart-Celler Act.[6] Her father is an anesthesiologist and worked at a Virginia army base.[6] Her mother is an accountant.[6] As a child she participated in beauty pageants.[6]

Rangappa grew up in Hampton, Virginia,[6] and graduated from Kecoughtan High School. She graduated cum laude with an A.B. from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs in 1996 after completing a 136-page long senior thesis, titled "The Rule of Law: Reconciling, Judicial Institution Building and U.S. Counternarcotics Policy in Colombia", under the supervision of John Dilulio.[7][8] Following graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, studying constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia.[6] She graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D. in 2000 and completed an internship with the US Attorneys office in Baltimore.[6][5] and took a clerkship serving the Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[9] In 2003 she was admitted to the state bars of New York and Connecticut.[10]


In 2001, Rangappa began her FBI training in Quantico, Virginia. After graduation from Quantico Academy, she moved to New York City where she took a job as an FBI special agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations,[9] and became one of the first Indian Americans to hold the position.[11][5]

In 2005, Rangappa left the FBI to get married and have children.[5] She returned to Yale to become an associate dean of its law school.[12] Currently she serves as a director of admissions at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[13] She has taught at Yale University,[14] Wesleyan University, and University of New Haven, teaching National Security Law and related courses.[10]

She has published op-eds in HuffPost,[15] The Washington Post,[16] The New York Times, Time,[17] The Atlantic,[10] and The Wall Street Journal.[18] She has appeared on MSNBC, BBC, NPR,[19] and other networks as a commentator. She serves as a legal and national security analyst for CNN.[20][21]

Rangappa is a member of the board of directors for the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut,[22] the Connecticut Society of Former FBI Agents,[22] and the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

Personal life[edit]

Rangappa was previously married to a fellow FBI agent, Andrew Dodd, in 2005; they later divorced in 2011. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her son and daughter.[5][23]


  1. ^ @asha.rangappa (November 16, 2023). "Feeling very blessed on my birthday! The orchid is from my son, who wrote in his card that "purple orchids symbolize respect and admiration" ❤️😭 50, here I come!". Retrieved 2023-11-16 – via Instagram.
  2. ^ @AshaRangappa_ (July 25, 2019). "I was born in 1974. I'm not a Millenial" (Tweet). Retrieved August 11, 2019 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Asha Rangappa – Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs". Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  4. ^ "Asha Rangappa". Just Security. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  5. ^ a b c d e Suman Guha Mozumder (October 6, 2017). "The (real) girl from Quantico: Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa". India Abroad. Archived from the original on 29 July 2021. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g McNamara, Sylvie (April 30, 2019). "FBI Agent Turned CNN Analyst Asha Rangappa Wants to Restore Your Faith in America". ELLE. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Rangappa, Renuka A. (1996). The Rule of Law: Reconciling, Judicial Institution Building and U.S. Counternarcotics Policy in Colombia (A.B. thesis). Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Retrieved December 5, 2023.
  8. ^ "About Me - Asha Rangappa". Asha Rangappa. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "How Comey's Firing Will Or Won't Affect The Russia Investigation". NPR. May 13, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "About Us". Yale Model United Nations Institute. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Lakshmi Gandhi (May 1, 2018). "Former FBI Agent Asha Rangappa is now Explaining Law Enforcement to America". The Teal Mango. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "'She Roars' podcast explores democracy under duress with Indira Lakshmanan and Asha Rangappa". December 7, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "It Looks Like It's Going To Be Another Week Of Memo Madness". NPR. February 6, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ William Dunkerley (December 11, 2018). "New US Movie 'Active Measures' Is Actively Deceptive About Russia – OpEd". Euroasia Review. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Why a Refugee Could Be the Next Hercules Mulligan". HuffPost. November 22, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "The GOP's new 'defense' of Trump actually makes the case against him". Washington Post. November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "What Happens Next with the Mueller Report? The Answer May Lie in the Footnotes". Time. May 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "A Modified 'Pence Rule' Would Be Good for Working Women". The Wall Street Journal. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "Former FBI Agent Maps Out The Future Of The Justice Department". NPR. November 11, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  20. ^ Rangappa, Asha. "Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) is a Senior Lecturer at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs". Just Security. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  21. ^ David Ferguson (August 5, 2017). "'Stay tuned, there's more coming': Ex-FBI agent says Mueller investigation is blowing up fast". The Raw Story. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "South Asian Bar Association of North America". www.sabanorthamerica.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Congratulations, Dean Rangappa, Above The Law, David Lot, November 28, 2006. Retrieved August 13, 2019.

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