photo: Deepa Ollapally

Deepa Ollapally

Research Professor of International Affairs; Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Suite 503
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-8854
Fax: 202-994-6096

Areas of Expertise

Asian regional security; comparative politics of South Asia; identity politics in the international system; nuclear nonproliferation; terrorism


Deepa Ollapally is directing a major research project on power and identity and the worldviews of rising and aspiring powers in Asia and Eurasia. Her research focuses on domestic foreign policy debates in India and its implications for regional security and global leadership of the U.S.

Dr. Ollapally has received major grants from the Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia.

She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV and the Diane Rehm Show.


Ph.D., Columbia University


  • Worldviews of Aspiring Powers, co-editor, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • The Politics of Extremism in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2008

Dr. Ollapally has published in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Asian Survey, Political Science Quarterly and The National Interest.

Classes Taught

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies