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Asha Rangappa (born 1974) is an American lawyer. She is a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a commentator on CNN. She was previously an Associate Dean at Yale Law School.[2]

Asha Rangappa
Renuka Asha Rangappa

United States[1]
ResidenceHamden, Connecticut
EducationPrinceton University (A.B.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
OccupationDirector of Admissions and Senior Lecturer at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Early lifeEdit

Rangappa was born in the United States to parents from Karnataka, India[1] 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.[3] Her father is an anesthesiologist and worked at a Virginia army base.[3] Her mother is an accountant.[3] As a child she participated in beauty pageants.[3]

She grew up in Hampton, Virginia[3] and graduated from Kecoughtan High School. In 1996 she graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.[4] Following graduation she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, studying constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia.[3] She attended Yale Law School and did an internship with the US Attorneys office in Baltimore.[3] She graduated in 2000[1] 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.[5] In 2003 she was admitted to the state bars of New York and Connecticut.[6]


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,[5] and became one of the first Indian Americans to hold the position.[7][1]

In 2005, Rangappa left the FBI to get married and have children.[1] She returned to Yale to become an associate dean of its law school.[8] Currently she serves as a director of admissions at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[9] She has taught at Yale University,[10] Wesleyan University, and University of New Haven, teaching National Security Law and related courses.[6]

She has published op-eds in HuffPost,[11] The Washington Post,[12] The New York Times, Time,[13] The Atlantic,[6] and The Wall Street Journal.[14] She has appeared on BBC, NPR,[15] and other networks as a commentator. She serves as a legal and national security analyst for CNN.[16][17]

Rangappa is a member of the board of directors for the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut,[18] the Connecticut Society of Former FBI Agents,[18] and the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

Personal lifeEdit

Rangappa married a fellow FBI agent in 2005; they later divorced. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut with her son and daughter.[1][19]


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

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