Ganesh Sitaraman

Ganesh Sitaraman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Policy Director to Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign, and then as her Senior Counsel in the United States Senate. He also served as an advisor to Warren when she was chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Trouble Assets Relief Program (TARP). Professor Sitaraman has been a research fellow at the Counterinsurgency Training Center – Afghanistan in Kabul, a visiting fellow at the Center for a New American Security, the inaugural public law fellow and a lecturer at Harvard Law School, and a law clerk to Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Professor Sitaraman is the author, most recently, of The Counterinsurgent‘s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars (Oxford University Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. He has commented on foreign and domestic policy in The New York Times, The New Republic, Boston Globe, and Christian Science Monitor. An Eagle Scout and a Truman Scholar, he earned his A.B. in government magna cum laude at Harvard, a master‘s degree in political thought and intellectual history from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar, and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. He is a principal of the Truman National Security Project.

The new COIN manual retains a section on “Legal Considerations,” upgrading it from an appendix to its own chapter.