Professor Ahmed teaches reproductive and sexual health and rights, international
health law, and property. Her research areas include health and law (international and
domestic), human rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She approaches
her research from a range of critical perspectives. Professor Ahmed's scholarship is
interdisciplinary, and often draws from both public health and law methodologies and
literature. Alongside her work on public health, Professor Ahmed also writes about the
changing global landscape of Muslim minorities after 9/11. 

Professor Ahmed holds a law degree from the University of California Berkeley, a master′s
of science in population and international health from the Harvard School of Public
Health, and a BA from Emory University. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty,
Professor Ahmed was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health Program
on International Health and Human Rights. She came to that position after a Women's
Law and Public Policy Fellowship with the International Community of Women Living with
HIV/AIDS (ICW). At ICW, Professor Ahmed engaged in numerous human rights projects
pertaining to HIV and AIDS. Professor Ahmed has worked on human rights and social justice
issues in South Africa, Namibia, the Caribbean, India and the United States. She has
worked with and for various United Nations agencies, international and domestic
non-governmental organizations. 

Professor Ahmed is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law
convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has also served as an
expert for the American Bar Association. Professor Ahmed continues to support the work of
many civil society organizations domestically and internationally. 

Articles

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“RUGGED VAGINAS” AND “VULNERABLE RECTUMS”: THE SEXUAL IDENTITY, EPIDEMIOLOGY, AND LAW OF THE GLOBAL HIV EPIDEMIC, COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW (2013)

AIDS remains amongst the leading causes of death globally. Identity is the primary mode of...

 

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Underneath her pantsuit: a reflection on Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men, School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)

In this Essay, the author offers two related but distinct reflections on Hanna Rosin's line...

 

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“At the hospital there are no human rights”: reproductive and sexual rights violations of women living with HIV in Namibia (with Mindy J. Roseman and Jennifer Gatsi-Mallet), School of Law Faculty Publications (2012)

This report documents the ongoing stigma and discrimination of women living with HIV in Namibia,...

 

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No Way Out: The Dual Subordination of Muslim Women in Indian Legal Culture, Self-Determination and Women's Rights in Muslim Societies (Book-Peer Reviewed) (2012)
 

Posters

Using Human Rights to Improve Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for HIV/AIDS. (with Sofia Gruskin, Eszter Kismodi, and Jane Cottingham) (2010)
 
Criminalization of HIV Positive Women (with Alice Welbourn, Beri Hull, and Ebony Johnson) (2008)
 

Popular Press

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Abortion and HIV at the AIDS Conference, Sexuality Policy Watch (2010)

The International AIDS Conference in 2010 held one of the first plenary sessions dedicated to...

 

Selected Presentations

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