Portrait of Dipali Mukhopadhyay
Associate Professor
254 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Global Policy Area
Areas of Expertise
Political violence and conflict; international relations


    Dipali Mukhopadhyay is an associate professor in the global policy area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on the relationships between political violence, state building, and governance during and after war. She is currently serving as senior expert on the Afghanistan peace process for the U.S. Institute of Peace.

    She is the author of Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Kimberly Howe, and Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan(Cambridge University Press, 2014).

    Her scholarly publications also include articles in Conflict, Security and Development, International Negotiation, Perspectives on Politics, as well as a series of book chapters in edited volumes.
    Her policy-oriented writing has been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, Lawfare, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and The Washington Post.

    Mukhopadhyay’s research has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the Eisenhower Institute, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Harvard Law School, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Education. She is vice president of the American Institute of Afghan Studies and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Prior to joining the Humphrey School, Mukhopadhyay was on the faculty at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs from 2012 to 2020. In 2016, she was a visiting scholar at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.


    PhD (Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2011)

    BA (Yale University, 2002)

    Mukhopadhyay, D. & Howe, K. (2023). Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria. Cambridge University Press: