Dr. Mahendra Lawoti is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University. Lawoti is also a regular contributor for various newspapers including The Kathmandu Post, 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 from 2006 to 10 and two terms as Associate Fellow of Asia Society from 2006 to 2012.
His research covers democratization, political institutions, ethnic politics and socio-political mobilizations in Nepal and South Asia. He has authored, edited and co-edited dozens of books and published numerous journal articles, book chapters and opinion pieces. Some of his popular books are "Towards a Democratic Nepal", "Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal" "Government and Politics in South Asia" "Pahichan and Sanghiyata" and so forth.
Besides, 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.