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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
Twitter: @kalhan

Administrative Support:
Ina Halili
Phone: 215.571.4715


Anil Kalhan’s principal interests include immigration law, criminal law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, privacy and surveillance, and international human rights law. He is Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was previously in residence in 2015. He also 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.

Before coming to Drexel, Professor Kalhan was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law and an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, 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’s scholarship has appeared 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, UCLA Law Review Discourse, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and the University of Pittsburgh Press. He has been a contributing writer for Dorf on Law, AsiaMedia, and SAJAforum and a guest contributor for ImmigrationProf Blog, Yale Journal on Regulation Notice & Comment, and Chapati Mystery, and his writing has also appeared in publications including BusinessWeek, Express Tribune (Pakistan), Foreign Affairs, Herald (Pakistan), New America Media, Newsweek, and Washington Monthly. 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.

Professor Kalhan is Chair-Elect of the Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools and is a co-founder and former Chair of AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies. He has served on the executive committee of the AALS Section on Comparative Law and as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and International Law Committee. He also is a member of 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.

Professor Kalhan received an A.B. from Brown University, an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Before attending law school, he worked for Cable News Network, PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and the New York City Department of Transportation.