Dr. Charles Reuben Lyngdoh

Associate Professor
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    "Pine-For, House No 38 Pohkseh, North 1 Shillong 793006"

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Qualifications: M.A., N.E.T., Ph.D.

Areas of Interest/Specialization: Tribal and Indigenous Studies, Governance, Human Rights, Culture and Sustainability, Development Administration.

Experience: Teaching in Synod College since June 2001.

Academic/Administrative Responsibilities in Synod College

  1. Teacher-in-charge, Synod College Students Association (2018-2020).
  2. Member, IQAC, Synod College (2020-2022).
  3. Member, Editorial Board of the Journal, The Political Anvil, Synod College (2020-2022).
  4. Secretary, International Centre for North East Studies (IC-NES), Synod College since 2016.

Academic/Administrative Responsibilities outside Synod College

  1. Member, Meghalaya State Planning Board (2008-2009).
  2. Resource Person, Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute (2009).
  3. President, Meghalaya College Teachers Association (2010-2012).
  4. Short Term Consultant, World Bank, New Delhi (March 5, 2015 – June 30, 2015).
  5. External Expert, Department of Political Science, NEHU, Shillong for the post of Guest Lecturer (December 2016).
  6. Joint Supervisor for Ph.D doctoral research, of Mr. A.W.Rani, with Prof. K.Debbarma (Department of Political Science, NEHU, Shillong (2019-2021).
  7. Member, Task Force Committee to Study the Draft Education Policy, Education Department, Government of Meghalaya (2018).
  8. Member, Task Force Committee on the Meghalaya State Curriculum Framework, Department of Education, Government of Meghalaya (2019).
  9. Co Chairman, Task Force Committee on Documentation of Fifty Years of Meghalaya (2019).
  10. Subject Expert, Selection Committee for Interview for the Post of Guest Faculty, Department of Political Science, NEHU (October 2021).
  11. Member, IQAC, Union Christian College, Umiam, Ri Bhoi District Meghalaya (2022-2024).




  1. Edited Books
    1. Charles Reuben Lyngdoh. Human Rights: Experiences and Initiatives.Ri Lum Offset Printing Press.Shillong.2006.
    2. Charles Reuben Lyngdoh and Merostar Rani. Look East Policy: Impact on Northeast India. Synod College, Shillong and Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi. 2008. ISBN 978-81-8370-124-2.
    3. Charles Reuben Lyngdoh. Revisiting Traditional Institutions in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle upon Tyne, UK. 2016. ISBN (10):1-4438-9969-0. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-9969-7.
    4. Banshaikupar L. Mawlong and Charles Reuben Lyngdoh. Culture and Sustainability: A Value Based Approach to Development, Synergy Books India, New Delhi, 2019. ISBN-10:‎9382059814.
    5. Banshaikupar L. Mawlong, Charles Reuben Lyngdoh, Jonestar L. Nonglait (Ed.). Women and Development. Synergy Books India. New Delhi. 2020. ISBN9789382059875.


  1. Book Chapters
    1. “Traditional Tribal Self-Governing Institutions of Meghalaya: The Khasi Syiem”. Rajat K.Das & Debashis Basu (Ed.). North East India in Perspective: Biology, Social Formation and Contemporary Problems. Akansha Publishing House. New Delhi. 2005. ISBN 81-87606-90-8.
    2. “Endorsing Tourism: A Resource for the Northeast”. Charles Reuben Lyngdoh & M.Rani (Ed.) Look East PolicyImpact On Northeast India. Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi. 2008. ISBN 978-81-8370-124-2.
    3. “Identity Formation in the Khasi Hills: The Khasi National Dorbar”. A.K.Baruah & Susmita Sen Gupta (Ed.). Social Forces and Politics in North East India. DVS Publishers, Guwahati. 2013. ISBN 978-81-86307-68-7.
    4. “Democracy and Corruption”. Parliamentary Democracy in India: Experiences and Prospects. Batskhem Myrboh & Airpeace Well Rani (Ed.). Akansha Publishing House. New Delhi. 2014. ISBN 978-81-8370-380-2.
    5. “Campaign for Right to Information: Experiences in Meghalaya” (Joint Paper). Parliamentary Democracy in India: Experiences and Prospects. Batskhem Myrboh & Airpeace Well Rani (Ed.). Akansha Publishing House. New Delhi. 2014. ISBN 978-81-8370-380-2.
    6. “Vitality of Local Administration: The Dorbar Shnong”. L.S.Gassah & C.J.Thomas (Ed.). Democracy and Development in India’s North-East: Challenges and Opportunities, by Bookwell, New Delhi in 2015. ISBN 978-81-8370-380-2.
    7. “Land Relations in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya: Emerging Trends”. Banshaikupar L.Mawlong (Ed.). Environment - Cultural Interactions and the Tribes of North-East India (Ed.) Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle upon Tyne, 2015. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-7836-4.
    8. “The Khasi States and the British: Political Development on the Eve of Independence”. Charles Reuben Lyngdoh (Ed.). Revisiting Traditional Institutions in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle upon Tyne in 2016. ISBN (10): 1-4438-9969-0.                                
    9. “Man and Environment: The Khasi Narrative”. Climate Change and the Developing Countries. Banshaikupar Lyngdoh Mawlong (Ed.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing Limited, New Castle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.2018. ISBN: 978-1-9138-2806-7.
    10. “British Colonialism in the Khasi Hills: The Early Years (1829-1839)”.  Understanding the Tribes of Asia. David Arnold Kharchandy (Ed.). Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi. 2018.
    11. “Culture and Nature among the Khasi: The Mawlong Protected Forest”. Culture and Sustainability: A Value Based Approach to Development. Banshaikupar L. Mawlong and Charles Reuben Lyngdoh (Ed.). Synergy Books India, New Delhi, 2019. ISBN-10:‎9382059814.
    12. “Changing Notions of Participation: Women in Khasi Society”. Women and Development. Banshaikupar L. Mawlong, Charles Reuben Lyngdoh, Jonestar L. Nonglait (Ed.). Synergy Books India, New Delhi, 2020. ISBN9789382059875.
    13. “Mahatma Gandhi: Message to Students”. Celebrating the Mahatma. David Arnold Kharchandy, Persara Lyngdoh (Ed.). Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, 2020. ISBN 978-93-82120-76-6 (HB).
    14.  “Traditional Political Institutions of the Khasis”. Queenbala Marak & Sarit K. Chaudhuri (Ed.). The Cultural Heritage of Meghalaya. Manohar Publishers and Distributors. New Delhi. 2020. ISBN-13: 978-8194352129.
    15. “Meghalaya Water Declaration”. David Arnold Kharchandy & Kwilly Nongrum (Ed.). Understanding Water Crisis. Lakshi Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, 2021. ISBN 978-93-82120-41-4 (HB).
    16. “India’s Independence and the Autonomous District Councils” in David A.Kharchandy & Kerlihok Lyngdoh Buam (Ed.). Celebrating India @ 75. Winshield Press. New Delhi. 2021. ISBN-13: 978-93-82120-29-2 (HB).


  1. Journal Articles

1.      “Meghalaya Elections 2003: Challenges before the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance”. Mainstream. Vol.XLI No.27 dated June21, 2003.

2.      “Meghalaya: Decades of Inter-ethnic Tension”. Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XXXVIII No. 48. November 29-December 5, 2003.

  1. “Democracy in Khasi Polity” was translated and published in Kannada. Yojana. December 2005 North East Special Issue.
  2. “Political Participation and Youth”. The Political Anvil Vol. 1, No.1 (2012) ISSN. 2319-7528.
  3. Book Review, The Political Anvil Vol. 2, No.1 (2013).
  4. Book Review, The Political Anvil Vol. 4, No.1 (2015).
  5. “Changing Notions of Accountability: Emerging Trends”, in the journal, The Political Anvil Vol. 6, No.1. (2017)
  6. “Social Exclusion and Human Rights: Persons with Disabilities in Meghalaya” in the journal Epignosis Review Vol. 1 No. 1 September 2017ISBN: 978-81-933870-2-3 and RNI REF. NO: 1307184.


Research Projects

  1. Motivating Factors for the Youth to Vote: A Study of Youth Participation in the 16-East Shillong Legislative Assembly Constituency. ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, Minor Research Project. 2014.
  2. Lead Local Researcher in the Project, Addressing Key Governance Challenges to Improve Service Delivery and Development Outcomes in Meghalaya. Meghalaya Institute of Governance, Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion Programme, Government of Meghalaya and the World Bank. 2016.
  3. Khasi Culture as a Model for Eco-Leadership: A Study into the Eco-leadership Values and Ethics of Mawlong Protected Forest. ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, Minor Research Project. 2017.