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Meera E. Deo

Visiting Professor

Meera E. Deo B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1996
J.D. University of Michigan Law School, 2000
M.A. Department of Sociology at UCLA, 2005
Ph.D. Department of Sociology at UCLA, 2009
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Meera E. Deo is a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law for Spring 2014.  In Fall 2013, she was a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Law's Center for the Study of Law & Society.  She is also an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

Professor Deo practiced civil rights law with the ACLU National Legal Department in New York City, where she worked on impact litigation involving privacy and cyberspace law.  She was later Staff Attorney for Women's Health, and Director of the Breast Cancer Legal Project at the California Women's Law Center, a statewide women’s advocacy nonprofit based in Los Angeles.  The National Science Foundation, the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, and numerous University of California grants and awards supported her doctoral dissertation on social capital formation among members of law student organizations.  Professor Deo currently serves on the Executive Committee for the AALS Section on Law and the Social Sciences and is an appointee to the California Commission on Access to Justice.

Professor Deo’s interdisciplinary and empirical research on institutional diversity has been cited in numerous amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Her scholarship draws from original empirical research to investigate the law student and law faculty experience.  She is currently collecting data for a landmark law faculty diversity study that examines how the intersectionality of race and gender affect tenure and promotion, work/life balance, institutional support, and other aspects of the personal and professional lives of American law faculty.  Her work has been published in leading law journals around the country including Hastings Law Journal, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, the Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice, and the Journal of Legal Education.