Gupta, Dipak K. 1948–

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Gupta, Dipak K. 1948–

PERSONAL: Born October 9, 1948, in Calcutta, India; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Dilip Kumar (in government service) and Kanika (a homemaker) Gupta; married; wife's name Rohan R. (marriage ended); second wife's name Sumitra; children: Rohan R. Education: Visva Bharati University, M.Econ.; University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Ph.D., 1977.

ADDRESSES: Home—1447A Calle Nublado, San Diego, CA 92129. Offoce—Department of Political Science, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Writer. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, professor of public administration and urban studies, 1977–2002, professor of political science, 2002–, Albert W. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer, 1997, Fred J. Hansen chair of peace studies, 1998–2001, founding member and codirector of Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution, 1998–, research associate of Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace. U.N. Terrorism Prevention Department, member. Visiting scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford, Colegio de Mexico, University of Leiden, Fudan University, and Terrorism Prevention Branch, U.N. Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention; guest lecturer at other institutions, including University of Southern California, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Heidelberg, Quaid-i-Azam University, Peking University, and Jawaharlal Nehru University; consultant to several organizations and institutions, including Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Agency for International Development, and California Civil Rights Commission. Guest on These Days radio series.

AWARDS, HONORS: Fellow at Hoover Institution for War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University, and Institute for International Politics and Economics; grant from U.S. Institute of Peace.


The Economics of Political Violence: The Impact of Political Instability on Economic Growth, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1990.

Decisions by the Numbers: An Introduction to Quantitative Techniques for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1994.

Clash of Identities, San Diego State University Press (San Diego, CA), 1998.

Path to Collective Madness: A Study in Social Order and Political Pathology, Praeger (Westport, CT), 2001.

Analyzing Public Policy: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques, CQ Press (Washington, DC), 2001.

Contributor to books. Contributor of more than 70 articles and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of Socioeconomics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Managing International Development, Urban Affairs Quarterly, and Ethnic Studies Report.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A Winnable War? Fighting Terrorism on the Global Front, completion expected 2006; Rational Being, Irrational Choice, 2006.

SIDELIGHTS: Dipak K. Gupta told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is to educate people of the causes and consequences of political violence in general, and terrorism in particular. During my formative years in my native India, I have seen firsthand the devastating impacts of violence. Even my younger brother was picked up by the police in Calcutta and tortured, when he was a mere boy. This prompted my research for the last three decades.

"I have received a grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace to write a book on policies to deal with terrorism. Since July, 2004, I have been visiting a number of countries around the world, trying to formulate a perspective on terrorism."