Asha Rangappa is an American lawyer, lecturer, analyst, editor, and former FBI special agent.
Personal Life, Parents and Family Details :
- Renuka Asha Rangappa was born on November 15, 1974, in Hampton, Virginia.
- Her parents, Jai Rangappa (father) and Vinaya Rangappa (mother) was born in Karnataka, India, but moved to the States after the Hart-Celler Act of 1965 allowed entry for immigrants with special skills – her father served as a doctor in the U.S. Army.
- Asha has an older sister named Menaca, who has earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
- After meeting at the FBI Training Academy, Asha married Special Agent, Andrew Dodd. The couple are now divorced.
- Currently, she lives in Hamden, Connecticut, with her two children.
Education : Qualifications, High School & College Info
- At Kecoughtan High School, Asha participated heavily in extracurricular activities.
- She took part in the school’s Model United Nations and Model General Assembly, and was state champion for the Model Judiciary Program – for which she argued a mock trial in front of the Virginia Supreme Court. She was also co-captain of the cheerleading squad.
- In 1996, Asha graduated cum-laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She finished with a minor in Latin American studies and was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
- Upon graduation, Asha was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to study in Bogotá, Colombia, where she spent one year learning about constitutional reform and its impact on the U.S. drug policy.
- After returning to the States, she attended Yale Law School, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2000. During her time there, she applied to the FBI, but the agency was on a hiring freeze. Instead, she moved to Puerto Rico upon graduation to serve as a law clerk for the Juan R. Torruella U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Career, Job, Salary and Net Worth :
- While she was in Law School, Asha had applied to the FBI but didn’t hear from them. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the FBI needed more agents, and Asha was called to begin training.
- Fluent in English, Spanish and Kannada (Indian language), she specialized in areas like counterintelligence investigations, assessing threats to national security, and undercover work. She worked with the New York division for three years, before leaving in 2005.
- After leaving the FBI, Asha became the associate dean at Yale Law School. She served in this position for 11 years before transitioning into her current role as a senior lecturer at Yale Jackson College of Global Affairs.
- Additionally, she works as an analyst on CNN, and as an editor for the “Just Security” online forum.
- A well-respected expert, she regularly contributes opinion pieces to publications like The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Interesting Facts and Trivia :
- Although her parents weren’t crazy about her joining the FBI as an agent, Asha’s mom occasionally worked for the bureau as a translator.
- A fan of the creative arts, Asha has performed in several community theater productions and improv comedy nights. She is also a talented painter and was once part of a hip-hop dance group.
- A car accident left Rangappa with severe rib contusions only a month before starting the physical component of FBI training. Determined, she woke up at 4 a.m. every morning to wrap her ribs.
- Her parents had an arranged marriage – they had only met 30 minutes before they got married!
- Married? : Divorced
- Children / No of Kids : 2
- Ethnicity / Origin / Heritage / Race : Indian (South Asian)
- Asha Rangappa Nationality : American