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About Anil Kalhan

Anil Kalhan is an Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University. Before coming to Drexel, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham University and an Associate in Law at Columbia University, and 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. He also has previously worked 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). He is an affiliated faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center, chair-elect of the Section on Law and South Asian Studies of the Association of American Law Schools, and a faculty advisory board member for the Drexel University Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, and is a founding co-convener of the Drexel Summer Theory Institute. He has been a contributing writer for Dorf on Law, AsiaMedia, and SAJAforum and a guest contributor for the ImmigrationProf Blog. He was the recipient of a SAJA Journalism Award from the South Asian Journalists Association in 2008, and has been a finalist for SAJA Journalism Awards in 2011 and 2013. He is a member of the International Human Rights Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and previously has been a member of its International Law Committee and Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. He 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. Before attending law school, he worked for Cable News Network, PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and the New York City Department of Transportation.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Present Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • South Asian Journalists Association Journalism Award Finalist (2013)
  • South Asian Journalists Association Journalism Award Finalist (2011)
  • South Asian Journalists Association Journalism Award (2008)


  • Immigration Law
  • First Amendment
  • Criminal Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights

Contact Information

Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
3320 Market Street, Room 278
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 804-9098


Articles and Essays (12)

Edited Collections (2)

Newspaper and Magazine Essays (8)

Other Digital Media Publications (4)