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Senior Lecturer

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


Dr. Anshu N. Chatterjee specializes in comparative politics and security in South Asia. She has published on a variety of topics associated with developments in the region that include civil military relations, electoral victory of the Bhartiya Janata Party, and social movements. Her current research examines the development of protest and crowd responses in relation to identity politics and state-society relations in South Asia and other comparative settings.

In the past, she also worked as a journalist in New Delhi, India. She joined National Security Affairs Department in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley where she was a recipient of several awards such as the Fulbright and Mellon Foundation’s International Relations scholarship.


Selected Publications:

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

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

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

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

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

“Inequalities in the Public Sphere,” in Asian Ethnicity 13, no. 3 (June 2012).