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Anil Kalhan

Professor of Law

Professor Anil Kalhan


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

Administrative Support:
Sabrina Domaleski Neral
Phone: 215.571.4715


Anil Kalhan is chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee. For the fall semester 2017-18, he was a visiting professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and during the spring semester 2017-18, he is an adjunct professor of Law at New York University School of Law. 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, and in both 2015 and 2017, he was in residence as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, School of 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. 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 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 SidebarColumbia Journal of Asian LawGeorgetown Journal of Legal EthicsMaryland Law ReviewOhio State Law JournalUC Davis Law ReviewUCLA Law Review DiscourseVanderbilt 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 LawAsiaMedia, and SAJAforum and a guest contributor for the ImmigrationProf BlogYale Journal on Regulation Notice & Comment, and Chapati Mystery. His writing has also appeared in publications including BusinessWeekExpress Tribune (Pakistan), Foreign AffairsHerald (Pakistan), New America MediaNewsweek 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 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, International Human Rights, and International Law Committees. 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 AB from Brown University, an MPPM from the Yale School of Management, and a JD 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.