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

On leave AY 2020-21.

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. During the 2020-21 academic year, she is on leave as a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion and Journalism, courtesy of the American Council of Learned Societies, and as a Visiting Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Deepa’s research blends ethnographic fieldwork and anthropological theory with doctrinal and policy analysis to provide new insights about legal rules and institutions. In addition to her work on the law and politics of India, she studies employment regulation in the gig economy, and is exploring methodological and theoretical developments in the anthropology of law. Her research has been selected for the Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the American Philosophical Society, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at The University of Chicago, and the Research Grants Committee at the University of Alabama.

She is currently working on a monograph, The Battle for Sabarimala (under contract with Oxford University Press), about the dispute over gender equality and religious freedom involving the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, India. Her edited volume, Beyond the Algorithm: Qualitative Insights for Gig Work Regulation, is in production with Cambridge University Press.

Her articles have appeared or will appear in, among others, Law & Social Inquiry, Southern California Law ReviewArizona State Law Journal, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, The University of Chicago Law Review Online, Cornell Law Review Online, Notre Dame Law Review Online, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, Penn Law’s Regulation Review, Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, Saint Louis University Law Journal, the Asian Journal of Law & Society, Modern Asian Studies, as well as in edited volumes by Oxford and Brill. Her virtual special issue of the Law and Society Review titled “Innovation in Legal Anthropology: an LSR Retrospective” (co-edited with Anna C. Offit) appeared in July.

Her public writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Hindustan Times, and Economic & Political Weekly.

Deepa is actively involved with the Law and Society Association, where serves on the International Activities Committee and the Committee to evaluate International Research Collaboratives, co-chairs CRN 8 (Labor Rights), and volunteers as a conference Ombudsperson. She also chairs the AALS Section on Anthropology and Law, is Chair-Elect of the Section on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Secretary of the Section on Scholarship, and is a Contributing Editor to the Work Law Section of JOTWELL.

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 Legislation & Regulation, Legal Anthropology, Workplace Law, and Employee Benefits (ERISA). 

Her SSRN page is available here.