Swethaa Ballakrishnen

Swethaa Ballakrishnen, Postdoctoral Associate, Fellow in Law, NYU Abu Dhabi Division of Social Sciences

Faculty Fellow Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: swethaa@nyu.edu
Education: PhD, Stanford University (Sociology); LL.M, Harvard Law School; BA, BL (Hons), National Academy of Legal Studies and Research

Research Areas: Gender and Diversity in the Legal Profession, Sociology of Law, Empirical Legal Methods, Transnational Family Law, International Migration, Comparative Law, Corporations, International Business, Feminist Jurisprudence, South Asia


Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen is a socio-legal scholar whose research examines the intersections between law, globalization, and social stratification. Particularly, across a range of sites and different levels of analysis, their work interrogates how law and legal institutions create, continue, and counter different kinds of socio-economic inequalities. Together, these motivations have resulted in three main areas of empirical inquiry. The first is a set of interrelated projects that analyze gender inequality and representation through the lens of comparative legal institutions. The second concentrates on inclusivity in global legal education and the resultant implications for organizational diversity within the profession. A third emerging field of interest focuses on transnational migration and its implications for intergenerational mobility, international human rights, and transnational family law.

Professor Ballakrishnen is an affiliated research fellow at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the 2017-18 AccessLex Visiting Scholar on Legal Education at the American Bar Foundation. Their research has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Law and Social Inquiry, International Journal of the Legal Profession, Sociological Perspectives, Canadian Review of Sociology, and Fordham Law Review.  View a full list of publications.

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