Deepa Das Acevedo
Assistant Professor of Law
Deepa Das Acevedo's CV

Areas of Expertise:
Employee Benefits
Employment Law
Law & Politics of India
Legal Anthropology

Deepa Das Acevedo

Deepa Das Acevedo is a legal anthropologist. She received her A.B. in Politics from Princeton, and both her JD and PhD in Anthropology from The University of Chicago. 

Her research blends ethnographic fieldwork with doctrinal and policy analysis to provide new insights about legal rules and institutions. She has conducted fieldwork among gig workers, policy analysts, government actors, and workers’ advocates in the United States. 

In addition to her work on employment regulation in the gig economy, Deepa has active research interests in the law and politics of India. She has especially focused on India’s approach to secular governance and, in particular, the management of Hindu religious institutions and temple entry. Her work in this regard has centered on the Sabarimala and Padmanabhaswamy temples in Kerala. 

Her work has appeared or will appear in, among others, Law & Social Inquiry, the American Journal of Comparative Law, Southern California Law Review, Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, and Modern Asian Studies, as well as in edited volumes by Oxford and Brill. 

Before joining the law school faculty in 2018, Deepa was a Sharswood Fellow at Penn Law, where she taught Employment Law and a seminar on gig economy work. At Alabama, Deepa teaches Workplace Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA), and a gig economy seminar. 

Representative publications: 

Gig Economy 

Data Deficits in Municipal Rideshare Programs, 63 St. Louis U. L. J. (forthcoming 2019) (symposium)

Unbundling Freedom in the Sharing Economy, 91 S. Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018)

Invisible Bosses for Invisible Workers, or Why the Sharing Economy is Actually Minimally Disruptive, 2017 U. Chi. Legal Forum 35 (2018) (symposium)

Regulating Employment Relationships in the Sharing Economy, 20 Emp. Rts & Emp. Pol’y J. 1 (2016)

Addressing the Retirement Crisis With Shadow 401(k)s, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 38 (2016) 


Gods’ Homes, Men’s Courts, Women’s Rights, 16 Int’l J Const. L 552 (2018) 

Temples, Courts, and Dynamic Equilibrium in the Indian Constitution, 64 Am. J. Comp. L. 555 (2016)

Divine Sovereignty, Indian Property Law, and the Dispute Over the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, 50 Mod. Asian Stud. 841 (2016)

Secularism in the Indian Context, 38 Law & Soc. Inquiry 138 (2013) 

Deepa Das Acevedo’s publications on SSRN.