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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Rollie Lal, 1998

PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Rollie Lal is an immigrant from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University

Rollie Lal is a full time author of non-fiction books on international security and international suspense novels.

Rollie was born in India and came to the US when she was one year old.

After graduating with a degree in economics from the University of Maryland, Rollie went to Japan, where she taught English. Returning to Washington, DC, she worked as a correspondent for theYomiuri Shimbun, a leading Japanese newspaper. She completed her master's degree in strategic studies and international economics, and completed her PhD. at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Affairs in 2002. Her doctoral research focused on the formation of national sentiments in China and India.

Rollie then worked as a political scientist for Rand Corporation, with expertise in South and East Asia, terrorism and organized crime, and as a professor in Belgium and for the Department of Defense for several years. She co-published America's Role in Nation-Building: From Germany to Iraq, (Rand, 2003) and co-authored The Muslim World After 9/11(Rand, 2004). She has provided Congressional testimony to the US-China Commission on China's economic and political impact on South Asia and in December 2004, she served as an election observer for Uzbekistan's first full parliamentary elections.

Rollie and her husband, Steven Devisch, have a daughter and live in Reston, Virginia.

  • PhD International Relations | Johns Hopkins University 2002
  • MA Strategic Studies, International Economics | Johns Hopkins University 1998
  • BA Economics, Certificate in East Asian Studies | University of Maryland - College Park 1994