Dr. Rudabeh Shahid is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and a senior consultant at the European Institute for International Law and International Relations. Shahid is also a visiting assistant professor of politics at Oberlin College. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at the New College of Florida, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Politics at the University of York. Additionally, she teaches and moderates courses on South Asia at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State.
Shahid is a multidisciplinary scholar who studies South Asia, combining the lens of political science, anthropology, and history. Her research portfolio includes geopolitical, ethnic, and migration issues in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and India. Over the years, her research has focused on civil society in post-partition South Asia and wider international relations of the region, including the situation concerning the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis and issues of statelessness and disenfranchisement developing in India’s north-eastern state of Assam. Beyond academia, Shahid has published in various international policy and media outlets including at the Atlantic Council, NBC News, the Diplomat, the East Asia Forum, South Asian Voices, 9DashLine, and E-International Relations. Additionally, she has been interviewed and her opinions have been cited by global news outlets including at the Washington Post, Now This News, and PBS Newshour.
Shahid holds a PhD from the School of Government and International Affairs of Durham University, a MA in international relations from the University of Sussex, and a BA from Middlebury College.