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Anil Kalhan

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Anil Kalhan


Office: School of Law, Room 278
Phone: 215.804.9098
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Anne Marie Cellucci
Phone: 215.571.4701


Anil Kalhan’s principal interests include immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, privacy and surveillance, and international human rights law.

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, 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).

Professor Kalhan is a co-founder of the Section on Law and South Asian Studies of the Association of American Law Schools, and serves as serves as chair of the Section for 2014 and an Executive Committee member of the AALS Section on Immigration Law. He 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, and is a founding co-convener of the Drexel Summer Theory Institute. 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 also served on the board of directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York and currently serves on the national council of advisors for South Asian Americans Leading Together. 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. His writing has also appeared in publications including 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.