Asha Rangappa

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Renuka Asha Rangappa
Renuka Asha Rangappa

1974 (age 48–49)
EducationPrinceton University (BA)
Yale University (JD)

Asha Rangappa (born 1974) 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.[1] She is serving as a senior lecturer at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[2] Rangappa is also a member of the board of editors of Just Security.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rangappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to parents from Karnataka, India,[4] 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.[5] Her father is an anesthesiologist and worked at a Virginia army base.[5] Her mother is an accountant.[5] As a child she participated in beauty pageants.[5]

Rangappa grew up in Hampton, Virginia,[5] 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.[6][7] Following graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, studying constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia.[5] She graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D. in 2000 and completed an internship with the US Attorneys office in Baltimore.[5][4] 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.[8] In 2003 she was admitted to the state bars of New York and Connecticut.[9]


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,[8] and became one of the first Indian Americans to hold the position.[10][4]

In 2005, Rangappa left the FBI to get married and have children.[4] She returned to Yale to become an associate dean of its law school.[11] Currently she serves as a director of admissions at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[12] She has taught at Yale University,[13] Wesleyan University, and University of New Haven, teaching National Security Law and related courses.[9]

She has published op-eds in HuffPost,[14] The Washington Post,[15] The New York Times, Time,[16] The Atlantic,[9] and The Wall Street Journal.[17] She has appeared on MSNBC, BBC, NPR,[18] and other networks as a commentator. She serves as a legal and national security analyst for CNN.[19][20]

Rangappa is a member of the board of directors for the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut,[21] the Connecticut Society of Former FBI Agents,[21] and the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

Personal life[edit]

Rangappa married a fellow FBI agent in 2005; they later divorced. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her son and daughter.[4][22]


  1. ^ @AshaRangappa_ (July 25, 2019). "I was born in 1974. I'm not a Millenial" (Tweet). Retrieved August 11, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Asha Rangappa – Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs". Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  3. ^ "Asha Rangappa". Just Security. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  4. ^ a b c d e Suman Guha Mozumder (October 6, 2017). "The (real) girl from Quantico: Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa". India Abroad. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Rangappa, Renuka A. DiIulio, John; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (eds.). "The Rule of Law: Reconciling, Judicial Institution Building and U.S. Counternarcotics Policy in Colombia". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "About Me - Asha Rangappa". Asha Rangappa. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "How Comey's Firing Will Or Won't Affect The Russia Investigation". NPR. May 13, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "About Us". Yale Model United Nations Institute. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Lakshmi Gandhi (May 1, 2018). "Former FBI Agent Asha Rangappa is now Explaining Law Enforcement to America". The Teal Mango. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "'She Roars' podcast explores democracy under duress with Indira Lakshmanan and Asha Rangappa". December 7, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "It Looks Like It's Going To Be Another Week Of Memo Madness". NPR. February 6, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  13. ^ William Dunkerley (December 11, 2018). "New US Movie 'Active Measures' Is Actively Deceptive About Russia – OpEd". Euroasia Review. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Why a Refugee Could Be the Next Hercules Mulligan". HuffPost. November 22, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  15. ^ "The GOP's new 'defense' of Trump actually makes the case against him". Washington Post. November 11, 2019. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "What Happens Next with the Mueller Report? The Answer May Lie in the Footnotes". Time. May 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "A Modified 'Pence Rule' Would Be Good for Working Women". The Wall Street Journal. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  18. ^ "Former FBI Agent Maps Out The Future Of The Justice Department". NPR. November 11, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Rangappa, Asha. "Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) is a Senior Lecturer at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs". Just Security. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ a b "South Asian Bar Association of North America". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  22. ^ Congratulations, Dean Rangappa, Above The Law, David Lot, November 28, 2006. Retrieved August 13, 2019.

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