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Anil Kalhan

Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University

About Me

Anil Kalhan is an Associate Professor of Law at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and a Visiting Scholar (2015) at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He also is an Affiliated Faculty Member at the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center and a Faculty Advisory Board member for the Drexel University Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. Before coming to Drexel, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law and an Associate in Law at the Columbia University School of Law. He previously worked as a litigation associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he also served as co-coordinator of the firm’s immigration and international human rights pro bono practice group, and for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York and served as law clerk to the Hon. Chester J. Straub (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York).

Professor Kalhan is a co-founder and former chair of the Section on Law and South Asian Studies of the Association of American Law Schools and currently serves on the executive committees of its Section on Immigration Law and Section on Comparative Law. He has been an active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, serving on its Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, International Human Rights Committee, and International Law Committee. He also serves on the national council of advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together and previously served on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York. He received an A.B. from Brown University, an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Before attending law school, he worked for Cable News Network, PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and the New York City Department of Transportation.


Professor Kalhan’s scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including the Columbia Law Review Sidebar, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Maryland Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, UC Davis Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and the University of Pittsburgh Press. He has been a contributing writer for Dorf on Law, AsiaMedia and SAJAforum and a guest contributor for the ImmigrationProf Blog, and his writing has also appeared in publications including AsiaMedia, BusinessWeek, Express Tribune (Pakistan), Herald (Pakistan), and New America Media. He was the recipient of a SAJA Journalism Award from the South Asian Journalists Association in 2008, and was again a finalist for SAJA Journalism Awards in 2011 and 2013.



Courses Taught

  • Immigration Law; Criminal Law; First Amendment; Privacy & Surveillance Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Social Theory & Public Interest Lawyering

    Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

  • International Human Rights Law

    Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; Touro College Law Center - India Summer Abroad Program

  • Immigration Law; Criminal Law

    Fordham University School of Law


  • Drexel University

    • 2008 - Present Associate Professor, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
    • 2009 - Present Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Mobilities Research & Policy
  • University of California, Berkeley

    • 1/2017 - Present Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law
    • 1/2015 - 8/2015 Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania

    • 2008 - Present Affiliated Faculty Member & Visiting Scholar, South Asia Center
  • Touro College Law Center

    • 1/2010 Faculty Member, India Summer Abroad Program
  • Fordham University

    • 1/2006 - 2008 Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Law
  • Columbia University

    • 1/2004 - 2006 Associate in Law, School of Law
  • Yale University

    • 1/1998 Visiting Lecturer, Yale College
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    • 1/1999 - 2004 Associate
    • 1/1997 Summer Associate
  • ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project

    • 1/2001 - 2002 Volunteer Attorney
    • 1/1999 Mary A. McCarthy Fellow in Public Interest Law
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

    • 1/2001 - 2002 Law Clerk to the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch, U.S. District Judge
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

    • 1/2000 - 2001 Law Clerk to the Hon. Chester J. Straub, U.S. Circuit Judge
  • South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

    • 1/1999 Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights Fellow