Mahendra Lawoti

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Mahendra Lawoti
Professor of Political Science
(269) 387-5702
(269) 387-4930
3408 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Office hours: 

Monday and Wednesday, 3:20 to 4 p.m.
And by appointment.

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • Master in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii, 1997
Research interests: 
  • Democratization and political institutions
  • Ethnic politics
  • Socio-political mobilization and violent conflicts

Dr. Mahendra Lawoti is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University. 

Lawoti is a regular contributor for the Kathmandu Post and Kantipur dailies, an article editor for Sage Open, a board member of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs and advisor to several non-profit organizations in Nepal and the USA. He served two terms as the president of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (2006-10) and two terms as Associate Fellow of Asia Society (2006-12).

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" (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) and co-authored "Government and Politics in South Asia" (seventh edition, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2013) and "Pahichan and Sanghiyata" (Kathmandu: Kitabghar) is forthcoming.

He has published articles in Asian Survey, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Democratization, Himalaya, Journal of Democracy and other journals and chapters in numerous books. Lawoti 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 and has been interviewed by media from Australia, Europe, Middle East, East Asia, South Asia and North America.