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Senior Lecturer

Expertise: South Asia, Insurgencies, Military in Politics, and the Media


Dr. Anshu N. Chatterjee teaches political economy, security, and political developments in the comparative context of South Asia. Her current research and teaching include development of protest groups, identity politics and state-society relations in disturbed regions in South Asia.  She has recently expanded her work to study regional cooperation such as the Quad and the BRI in the political economy context of local politics. Her past research includes globalization, political parties, and the media. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA and MA in Journalism and Political Science from SFSU. In the past, she also worked as a journalist in India. 


 Selected Publications: 

 Civil-Military Dividends of a Majoritarian State: The Case of Sri Lanka,” in Cristiana Matei, Carolyn Halladay, and Thomas Bruneau (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2022. 

 Where Will the Afghan Refugees Go? Non-Humanitarian Openings for the Unfolding Crisis,” The Diplomat, September 14, 2021.

India: Soldier-Civilian Alliance in a Democratic Context,” in William R. Thompson (ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford, 2020.

Sri Lanka and the Belt and Road Initiative: A Balancing Act in the Indian Ocean Region,” Defense and Security Journal, Defence Services Command and Staff College, (2020). 

 “Political Accountability and Public Action,” with co-author Jyotirindra Dasgupta in Paul Wallace (ed.) India’s 2019 Elections: In Modi-led BJP Wave, Sage, 2019. 

 “Civil Scrutiny, Organized Action, and Democratic Consolidation,” with co-author Jyotirindra Dasgupta in Paul Wallace (ed.) India’s 2014 Elections: In Modi-led BJP Sweep, Sage, 2015. 

 “Shifting Lines of Governance: India’s Insurgencies and its Civil-Military Relations” in Tom Bruneau and Chris Matei (eds.) Handbook of Civil Military Relations, Routledge, 2012.  

 Inequalities in the Public Sphere,” in Asian Ethnicity, Taylor and Francis, 2012 (June).