Aqil Shah

Aqil Shah is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

He was previously an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Oklahoma, and has also taught at Dartmouth College and Princeton University.

During 2022-23, Professor Shah was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow advising USAID and the World Bank on governance, democratic backsliding and state-society relations in South Asia. He has also held fellowships at the Harvard Society of Fellows, Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and the National Endowment for Democracy, and has been a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Professor Shah is the author of The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan (Harvard University Press, 2014). His research on political and security affairs in South Asia has appeared in journals, including International Security, Foreign Affairs, & Journal of Democracy, Asian Survey, and several edited volumes.

He 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.