I write about immigration law and teach at the University of Alabama School of Law. In the 2017-18 academic year, I am teaching Legal Profession, Legislation and Regulation, and an immigration law seminar. Scholarship and teaching are central to my work, and immigration is personal. My parents emigrated from India in the 1960s and raised my brother, sister, and me in upstate New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. I attended Stanford University, where I studied economics and political theory, focusing on the works of John Rawls and Amartya Sen. I was also thrilled to take a number of classes taught by Richard Rorty.
After graduating from Stanford, I worked at a nonprofit in Silicon Valley that devises public policies for working families. I then attended Harvard Law School, where I served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a Teaching Fellow for Professor Michael Sandel's course, "Justice." One of my most rewarding experiences at HLS was representing clients at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic.
I worked at a large law firm in San Francisco for a couple of years after graduating from law school and then moved east again, this time for a federal district court clerkship with the Hon. Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia. I loved clerking; it was probably the best professional experience I've had. After my clerkship, I joined the Staff Attorney's Office at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where I assisted the court with immigration, prisoners' rights, and habeas corpus cases. From 2009-17, I taught at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
"He Saved My Life:” American Soldier Returns to Help Iraqi Captain Fleeing ISIS, Nat’l Geographic (Feb. 21, 2016).
Florida lawmakers must avoid constitutional clash with bills aimed at punishing undocumented immigrants, Naples News, Nov. 21, 2015.
Some governors, including Florida’s Rick Scott, challenge plan to accept Syrian refugees, Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 16, 2015.
Segment on Syrian refugees, WUFT News, Nov. 18, 2015 (televised interview)