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Anil Kalhan

Professor of Law

Professor Anil Kalhan


Phone: 215.804.9098
Twitter: @kalhan

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Anil Kalhan is a Professor of Law at Drexel University and a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He also is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project and a Professor (by courtesy) at the Drexel University Center for Science, Technology, and Society. His research has focused primarily on immigration law—particularly at the intersection of constitutional law, technology, surveillance, and privacy—and on human rights, constitutional change, and the role of the judiciary in South Asia. His widely cited 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, University of Illinois Law Review Online, 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 the ImmigrationProf Blog, Yale Journal on Regulation Notice & Comment, the American Constitution Society Expert Forum, and Chapati Mystery. His writing has also appeared in publications including BusinessWeek, Express Tribune (Pakistan), Foreign Affairs, Herald (Pakistan), New America Media, Newsweek, and Washington Monthly, and he is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Professor Kalhan is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 2018, he was selected by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty to receive its Chris Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award. 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 an Affiliated Faculty Member at the University of Pennsylvania South Asia Center, and he has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law, and an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School. 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, and with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York. He also 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 currently serves on Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors and the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the Association of American Law Schools, and in 2019 he served on the Law and Society Association’s Task Force on Academic Freedom. He has served on numerous committees of the New York City Bar Association, including its International Human Rights Committee (which he chaired from 2015 to 2018), Task Force on the Rule of Law, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, International Law Committee, Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, and Task Force on Puerto Rico. He previously served as Chair of the AALS Section on Immigration Law and is a co-founder and former Chair of AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies. He also has served on the executive committees of the AALS Section on International Human Rights and Section on Comparative Law.

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


JD, Yale Law School
MPPM, Yale School of Management
AB, magna cum laude, Brown University


Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Publications (bepress, SSRN)


  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Legal System Reform
  • First Amendment
  • Immigration Law
  • Privacy and Surveillance Law

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