Deepa M. Ollapally

Deepa Ollapally

Deepa M. Ollapally is Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She is the Director of the Rising Powers Initiative launched by the Elliott School in 2009 and the India case study scholar on its project on energy and maritime security in Asia. .

Her areas of research and teaching are: Asian regional security; comparative politics of South Asia; identity politics in Asia; nuclear nonproliferation; extremism; gender and international security. Her current research focuses on domestic foreign policy debates in India and its implications for regional security and global leadership of the U.S. Her most recent book, Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and Russia was published by Oxford University Press, 2012 (co-editor and contributor).  She is the author of the book The Politics of Extremism in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2008. She also published Confronting Conflict: Domestic Factors and U.S. Policymaking in the Third World, Greenwood Press, 1993. She is currently preparing a book manuscript titled Power and Identity in Asia. She has published extensively in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Asian Survey, The National Interest and Political Science Quarterly.

Dr. Ollapally joined George Washington in 2003. She directed the South Asia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 1998-2003, and taught at Swarthmore College from 1990-1997. She took a leave from Swarthmore to be Head and Fellow of the Strategic Studies Unit at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India during 1996-1998.

Dr. Ollapally has received major grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia. She is an Advisory Council Member for Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace, New Delhi, and served on the Board of Directors of Women in International Security, Washington D.C. She has been on fellowship selection committees at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, U.S. Institute of Peace and East-West Center, and has appeared as Expert Witness on South Asia and testified in Congress. She has also been a Peer Reviewer for leading journals including American Political Science Review and International Studies Quarterly. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV and the Diane Rehm Show. Dr. Ollapally may be reached at