About

I have spent my formative years in Kolkata, Pune, Delhi and Berkeley. I was born in Kolkata where I did my schooling at Patha Bhavan, moved to Pune in 2003 to study law at Symbiosis Law School and then spent the years following graduation in Delhi working as a lawyer out of the chambers of an Additional Solicitor General, as a researcher with Lawyers Collective, Amnesty International and as a consultant on gender and law with several domestic and international NGOs. In 2013, I moved to the academy and started teaching at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat.  

My research interests lie at the intersection of courts and gender, citizenship and constitutionalism and transnational feminist movements and law reforms. I interrogate the multiple ways in which courts and the legislature accommodate, negotiate, resist or facilitate the agenda of the postcolonial nation state. My current research has two broad themes. I use the framework of governance feminism to locate how gender is enframed in law at the 'workplace' and how 'workplace' is regulated and engendered by the courts and the legislature. More broadly, I also looks at the women’s movement in India, and the feminist legal interventions in the 1970s and beyond that informed/transformed the processes of legal reform by the legislature and the courts. 

My work also embraces partition historiography, especially in mapping the multiple ways in which the 'process' of partition shaped and modified postcolonial India's legal (and constitutional) order. A large part of my current research looks at issues of citizenship and property that emerged from the debris of Partition through a gendered lens. I do this by exploring the ‘events’ surrounding and following Partition that made the state negotiate the boundaries of citizenship rights and refugee relief and rehabilitation and sought to deal with the ‘problem’ of large scale violence, 'unattached women', ‘stranded refugees’ and property being left behind. 

I am also the convener of the Indian Feminist Judgment Project, a project that situates writing alternative judgments to judgments that could have been written better or written differently by using a feminist lens. 

I hold an undergraduate law degree from Symbiosis Law School (Pune), and a postgraduate law degree from University of California (Berkeley). I have also been an American Association of University Women’s International Fellow and a member of Translocal Law Research Group (King’s College, London) and a researcher with South Asia Institute (Harvard University) project titled ‘The 1947 Partition of British India: Humanitarian and Demographic Consequences’. I have been a Visiting/Research Fellow with Cornell Law School (USA), Erik Castren Institute (Helsinki) and National University of Singapore (Singapore). More recently, I spent two months as a Resident Visiting Scholar at the OƱati International Institute for the Sociology of Law under their generous Residence Grants to work on my ongoing project on the politics of judging. 

I have been a regular commentator with Outlook, Wire, Caravan, Huffington Post on issues of social justice and law and currently also a contributing editor to Jotwell.