Asha Rangappa

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Asha Rangappa
Renuka Asha Rangappa

1974/1975 (age 43–44)[1]
United States[2]
ResidenceHamden, Connecticut
EducationPrinceton University (A.B.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
OccupationDirector of Admissions and Senior Lecturer at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Home townHampton, Virginia

Asha Rangappa (born Renuka Asha Rangappa) is an American lawyer who is a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former Associate Dean at Yale Law School.

Early life[edit]

Asha was born in the United States to parents from Karnataka, India[2] who came during the 1965 Hart-Celler Act. She graduated from Kecoughtan High School and then attended and graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Following graduation she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 2000[2] 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.[3]


In 2001, Asha Rangappa began her FBI training in Quantico, Virginia but landed in a hospital due to a car accident. She suffered contusions of the ribs, but despite it, pursued the career. Less than a month after the accident she reported to the FBI Academy where she participated in its rigorous law enforcement training curriculum, which included push-ups, pull-ups and the use of firearms.[2]

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

After only 3 years, Asha left the FBI. She went to Yale and became an associate dean of its law school.[5] Currently she serves as a director of admissions at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.[6] She has taught National Security Law and related courses at Yale University,[7] Wesleyan University, and University of New Haven and was admitted to the State Bar of New York (2003) and Connecticut (2003).[8]

She has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Atlantic,[8] The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post among others and has appeared on NPR,[9] BBC, and several major television networks. She is an editor for Just Security[10] and is a legal and national security analyst for CNN.[11]

Asha serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Society of Former FBI Agents, the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut[12] and the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

In 2018 she appeared in Indian version of Verve magazine[13] and in May of the same year attended People of Color in Criminal Justice Conference at the Framingham State University.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Asha Rangappa is divorced and lives in Hamden, Connecticut with her two children.[2]


  1. ^ Mozumder, Suman Guha (October 6, 2017). "The (real) girl from Quantico: Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa". India Abroad. The super sleuth, now 42, describes herself as a person with eye for details but also likes to look at the bigger picture behind the law and the rules and loves to help explain complicated legal issues to lay people in an understandable language.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "How Comey's Firing Will Or Won't Affect The Russia Investigation". NPR. May 13, 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ Lakshmi Gandhi (May 1, 2018). "Former FBI Agent Rangappa now appears in the media as a law enforcement expert". The Teal Mango. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "'She Roars' podcast explores democracy under duress with Indira Lakshmanan and Asha Rangappa". December 7, 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ "It Looks Like It's Going To Be Another Week Of Memo Madness". NPR. February 6, 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ William Dunkerley (December 11, 2018). "New US Movie 'Active Measures' Is Actively Deceptive About Russia – OpEd". Euroasia Review. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b "About Us". Yale Model United Nations Institute. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Former FBI Agent Maps Out The Future Of The Justice Department". NPR. November 11, 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ Rangappa, Asha. "Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) is a Senior Lecturer at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs". Just Security. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  11. ^ 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 14 January 2019.
  12. ^ "South Asian Bar Association of North America". Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  13. ^ "The (Em)Power List 2018: Asha Rangappa". Verve. June 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Susan Petroni (May 23, 2018). "Middlesex Sheriff's Office, Framingham State University Co-Hosted 2nd Annual People of Color in Criminal Justice Conference". Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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