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 in the United States and India. 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 is currently editing a volume exploring qualitative empirical approaches to studying gig work regulation (under contract with Cambridge University Press). Her articles have appeared or will appear in, among others, Law & Social Inquiry, Southern California Law ReviewThe University of Chicago Law Review Online, Notre Dame Law Review Online, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, the 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. 

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), Legal Anthropology, and Legislation & Regulation. 


Representative publications: 

Gig Economy  

Data Deficits in Municipal Rideshare Programs, 63 St. Louis U. L. J. 69 (2019) (symposium)

Unbundling Freedom in the Sharing Economy, 91 S. Cal. L. Rev. 793 (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)