Dr Meenakshi Gopinath is an Indian educationist, political scientist, writer and a former principal of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR), New Delhi. She is the founder and incumbent director of the Women in Security Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP), a non-governmental organisation promoting peace and socio-political leadership among the women of South Asia and a former member of the National Security Advisory Board, the first woman to serve the Government of India agency.
Dr Gopinath has served as a member of the selection panel of the Lokpal, a legal body which has jurisdiction over legislators and government officials of India. The Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri in 2007, for her contributions to the Indian educational sector. Dr Gopinath did her graduate studies (BA honours in political science) at LSR, her master’s from Massachusetts University and doctoral degree from the University of Delhi. Earning a Fulbright Scholarship, she did post-doctoral research at Georgetown University. She started her career as a member of faculty at Jawaharlal Nehru University