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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Meera Deo, 2005

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Meera Deo is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Meera Deo is an Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.

Meera was born in Garden Grove, California, to parents who emigrated from Mumbai, India. They became naturalized citizens in 1995 and reside in Long Beach, California.

Meera received her PhD in sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2009. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley with High Honors in interdisciplinary studies: American cultures. She earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was also an intervening defendant in the groundbreaking affirmative action lawsuit, Grutter v. Bollinger.

Meera interned at the South African Human Rights Commission, was the William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and Staff Attorney for Women's Health at the California Women's Law Center. At UCLA she served as both a teaching fellow and a research assistant.

Meera's research interests include studies of higher education access, cultural preservation in immigrant communities, and media representation. Meera is pursuing a career as a scholar-teacher, combining her interests in activism, law, and sociology.

She has published widely on contemporary legal education drawing from original empirical research. Her forthcoming book, Diversity in Legal Academia, utilizes quantitative and qualitative data to explore intersectional (race/gender) challenges and opportunities in the personal and professional lives of law faculty members.

  • PhD Sociology | University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2009
  • JD Law | University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 2000
  • BA American Studies | University of California, Berkeley 1996
Work History
  • Berkeley Law, Center for the Study of Law & Society, Visiting Scholar
  • UCLA School of Law, Visiting Professor
  • UC Irvine School of Law, Visiting Scholar
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Associate Professor