Emily Nagisa Keehn
UCGHI Women’s Health & Empowerment Fellow
B.A. UCSD, 2005
J.D. UCLA, 2010


Emily Nagisa Keehn is a UC Global Health Institute Women’s Health & Empowerment Fellow. Through this fellowship, funded by the National Institutes for Health Fogarty International Center, Keehn is based in Cape Town at the South African NGO, Sonke Gender Justice Network. Keehn’s work focuses on emerging legislation concerning HIV and AIDS, gender equality and the use of traditional courts. She will also conduct empirical research on the implementation of recent legislation on sexual violence. Keehn is mentored by Lara Stemple at UCLA School of Law, Shari Dworkin at UCSF, and Dean Peacock at Sonke.

Keehn’s research and advocacy interests examine the linkages between healthcare, gender, access to justice, and human rights. She authored “The Equality Courts as a Tool for Gender Transformation,” and “Julius Malema and the Equality Courts,” which were published by Sonke and Treatment Action Campaign. She presented this research at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s Thinking Gender conference. Previously, at the Women’s Justice Program at Legal Aid of Cambodia, Keehn worked to extend legal representation to incarcerated women. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from UC San Diego (2005) and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law (2010).