Sajid Shapoo

Position
Graduate Fellow
Role
Policy Speakers Team
Bio/Description

Sajid Farid Shapoo is completing his PhD candidate in Security Studies at the School of Public
and International Affairs, Princeton University. His research looks at doctrinal drivers of jihadist
violence. He is a highly decorated Indian Police Service officer, a two star general with 22 years
of progressively senior experience in high profile counter terror assignments. He has in-depth
experience in counter-terror investigations and intelligence driven operations. He was the first
officer chosen to serve in the National Investigation Agency, India’s federal counter terror
agency, created in the aftermath of Mumbai Terror attacks of 2008. He has supervised
investigations of important transnational terror incidents like the Mumbai Terror Attacks, Bodh
Gaya serial blasts amongst others. He is among the rare officers who have been twice conferred
with ‘Gallantry Medal’, the highest police bravery medal, by the President of India. He is also a
recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Services conferred to him by President of India for
his exemplary and unblemished service career.


Sajid is an Adjunct Professor with NYU where he teaches two courses in the Politics
Department. He also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor in City University of New York
where he taught a course on Terrorism and Politics to graduate students in the spring of 2018.
He was also an adjunct Instructor at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.
teaching a course for Summer Immersion Program. He holds a Masters in International Affairs
from Columbia University, New York with specializations in Middle East and International
Security Policy. He has published a number of articles and papers in various international
magazines and journals.

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