Asha-Rangappa
Asha Rangappa | Biography

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  • Full Name Asha Rangappa
  • Occupation Attorney, Former FBI Special Agent, Senior Lecturer, TV Personality
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Date Nov 15, 1974
  • Age 46 Years, 11 Months
Attorney, Senior Lecturer at Yale University, Legal and National Security Analyst at CNN

Asha Rangappa | Biography

Asha offers a column called "Ask Asha" at the Yale Law School Admission Blog, through which she answers readers about law school entrance and admission

Asha Rangappa worked at Yale Law School as Associate Dean from 2005 until 2017. During the tenth edition of the 224-part series, Better Know A Dean, Rangappa shared that she would have continued working with the FBI if it wasn't for her desire to raise a family. As her husband Andrew Dodd was also an FBI agent, she believed their identical designation was not fit to plan for a family, and it would cause a lot of schedule issues. She claimed that quitting the FBI job and joining Yale was also a way for her to give back to her university.


Asha Rangappa is a former FBI special agent. He presently works as a senior lecturer at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

Who is Asha Rangappa?

Rangappa is a lawyer and a former FBI agent who currently works as a senior lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She also works as a CNN legal analyst and commentator. 

She is also known for her editorials in reputed magazines, namely, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many more.

Early Life and Family

Asha Rangappa was born on 15 November 1974 and grew up in Hampton, Virginia, a seaside town surrounded by military outposts. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Karnataka, India, in 1970 in compliance with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. They came to the US under a stipulation that the US government would draft physicians for medical assistance amidst the then-raging Vietnam War as many doctors were stationed overseas. Rangappa's father worked as an anesthesiologist for the United States Army on a Virginia station. Her mother was an accountant.

Rangappa bore an attribute of a strong-willed, outspoken individual as a child. Her friend and family predicted that she would become a lawyer when she grew up. To no surprise, Rangappa chose to pursue a career as a federal prosecutor as she thought it would be rewarding to throw criminals behind bars.

Education

Rangappa received her certificate in Latin American Studies from Princeton University, formerly known as Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, and graduated with cum laude in 1996. Thereafter, as a Fulbright Scholar, she went to study constitutional reform in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, and graduated in 1997. 

She earned her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 2000. She was a Coker Fellow for Constitutional Law at Yale, took part in the Yale-Chile Linkage Program, and started the Court Jesters, Yale Law School's first theatrical group.

Early Career

Following her JD, Rangappa spent a year at the US Courts of Appeals as a law clerk to Honorable Juan R. Tourelle, First Circuit, from 2000 to 2001. Thereafter, she was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent in 2002. She served at the designation until 2005 with counterintelligence operations as her area of expertise. Her responsibilities entailed analyzing national security risks, conducting secret investigations against alleged foreign agents, and working undercover. She also enhanced her expertise in electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation methods, weapons, and the use of lethal force while working with the FBI. 

She was accepted into the New York and Connecticut State Bars in 2003.

At Yale

Rangappa worked at Yale Law School as Associate Dean from 2005 until 2017. She also contributed as the Dean of admissions at Yale. During the tenth edition of the 224-part series, Better Know A Dean, Rangappa shared that she would have continued working with the FBI if it wasn't for her desire to raise a family. As her husband was also an FBI agent, she believed their identical designation was not fit to plan for a family, and it would cause a lot of schedule issues. As a result, she began her administrative career as an Associate Dean at Yale Law School. She claimed that quitting the FBI job and joining Yale was also a way for her to give back to her university.

Since 2017, Rangappa has been working as a Senior Lecturer at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. She teaches GLBL 575: National Security Law and GLBL 580: Russian Intelligence, Information Warfare, and Social Media. 

Writings and appearances

In addition to her above-mentioned experiences, Rangappa has also written op-eds in reputed periodicals: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many more. She also has guest-appeared on several renowned television networks, including NPR and the BBC. 

In addition, she is a member board of editors for Just Security, an online forum on law, rights, and the United States National Security. To boot, she has been contributing as a legal and national security analyst at CNN since 2017.

Rangappa also contributes to the Yale Law School admissions blog. Separate columns for different administrative officials may be seen on the blog page. On the blog, she offers a column called "Ask Asha," through which she answers personal questions from readers about law school entrance and admission.

Personal Life

Rangappa married Andrew Dodd, a fellow FBI agent, in 2005. The couple got divorced later. Asha Rangapppa has custody of her two children and lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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