3408 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2002
Master in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii, 1997
Mahendra Lawoti is a professor in the Department of Political Science, a columnist for the Kathmandu Post and serves on the boards of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) and Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA). His research covers democratization, political institutions, ethnic politics, and socio-political mobilizations in Nepal and South Asia.
He has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited ten books and published numerous journal articles, book chapters and opinion pieces. His book "Towards a Democratic Nepal: Inclusive Political Institutions for a Multicultural Society" (SAGE 2005) was reprinted multiple times and translated into Nepali in 2007. His recent books include the co-edited volume Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal (London: Routledge, 2012). His co-authored Government and Politics in South Asia (seventh edition, Boulder, CO: Westview Press) is scheduled for publication in July 2013.
Dr. Lawoti joined Western Michigan University in 2005 on a tenure track position, received tenure (associate professor) in 2008 and became a full professor in 2011. He has conducted field work in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka and has lectured in various countries in Europe, East Asia, the Middle East, North America and South Asia.