Aqil Shah is a political scientist and the Wick Cary Associate Professor of South Asian Politics in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research interests include democratic transitions, military coups, institutional norms and South Asian security issues. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in International Security, Perspectives on Politics, Democratization, Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs and Asian Survey as well as several edited volumes. He is the author of The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan (Harvard University Press, 2014).
Dr. Shah holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and an M Phil in International Development from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has been a Hewlett Research Fellow at the Center for Development, Democracy and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and a post-doc fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University.
Having previously taught at Dartmouth and Princeton, he offers courses on comparative democratization, civil-military relations, the politics of developing countries & South Asian International Relations. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Shah was a policy advisor in the Asia-Pacific Governance Program of the United Nations Development Program, and a senior analyst in the South Asia office of the International Crisis Group.