About Me


Asha Rangappa is an Assistant Dean and Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson School of Global Affairs and a former Associate Dean at Yale Law School.


Prior to her current position, Asha served as a Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.  Her work involved assessing threats to national security, conducting classified investigations on suspected foreign agents, and performing undercover work.  While in the FBI, Asha gained experience in electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation techniques, firearms, and the use of deadly force. She teaches and writes about national security law, information warfare and propaganda, and leadership ethics.


Asha graduated cum laude from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia.  She received her law degree from Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is admitted to the State Bar of New York (2003) and Connecticut (2003).


Asha has published op-eds in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post among others, and has been a legal and national security analyst, as well as appearing on NPR, BBC, and several other major television networks. She is an editor for Just Security and a contributor for former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s legal newsletter, CAFE Insider.