Associate Professor


Jinee Lokaneeta received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2006. Prior to USC, she taught Political Science at Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, India. Jinee completed her Bachelors, Masters and Mphil in Political Science at Delhi University. Her areas of interest include Law and Violence, Political Theory (Postcolonial, Feminist and Marxist theory), Transnational Law, Jurisprudence, and Cultural Studies. She joined Drew University in 2006. She was a Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley in Fall 2009. She is the current Book Review Editor of Law and Society Review.

Research Interests

Jinee’s research focuses on the Debates on Law, Violence, and State Power in Liberal Democracies. Drawing from Political and Legal Theory, Public Law and interdisciplinary literature on violence, in Transnational Torture, she explores how the jurisprudence of interrogations in contemporary democracies deals with the infliction of pain and suffering by state officials. She argues that rather than viewing the recent policies on interrogation as anomalous or exceptional, efforts to accommodate excess violence- a constantly negotiated process- are long standing features of both the democracies.

Some of her current projects include: The theoretical implications of the use of narco analysis and brain scan technology for democratic states; New Modes of Racial Profiling: Post-9/11 surveillance practices on Muslims in the United States; Feminist Theory of Violence; The relationship of Indian civil liberty groups with the law especially the tension between utilizing law as a site of intervention even while being skeptical about its potential; Broader questions of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity in legal studies especially the interface between political science and interdisciplinary legal studies.

Selected Publications


Reviewed in Economic and Political Weekly 48. 47 (2013); Journal of Human Rights 12.4 (2003); Theory and Event 16.2 (2013); Studies in Indian Politics 1 (2013): 123-124; Law, Culture and the Humanities 9 (2013) 1; The Book Review 37 (2013) 2-3; Frontline 30 (2013) 4; Biblio: A Review of Books November-December 2012; Social Change 42 (2012) 4; Law and Politics Book Review 22 (2012) 8; Tejas Daily (Malyalam publication) August 2012; Himal South Asian December 6, 2011.

  • Feminist Politics: Struggles and Issues. With Nivedita Menon and Sadhna Arya, eds.Delhi: Hindi Medium Directorate, 2001, a book in Hindi for teaching an undergraduate course on Women and Political Process, Second Edition.

Articles, Chapters, Other Publications

“Hunger Strikes at Guantánamo: Obama’s Crisis Moment.” in Economic and Political Weekly 48.37 (2013).

“Extraordinary Law and Torture in India in an Era of Globalization.” in The Politics of the Globalization of Law: Getting from Rights to Justice.  Edited by Alison Brysk. New York: Routledge, 2013.

“The Legacies of Nuremberg in International Law and American Policy.” in A Companion to Harry S. Truman. Edited by Daniel S. Margolies. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

“Truth Telling Techniques in a regime of terror.” Canada Watch, York University, Winter, 2012.

“A Rose by another Name: Definitions, Sanitized Terms and Imagery of Torture in 24.” Law, Culture and Humanities, 6 (2010) 2, 1-29.

“Torture Debates in the post-9/11 United States: Law, Violence and Governmentality.” Theory and Event, 13 (2010)1.

“Torture in Postcolonial India : Struggle within the Jurisprudence” in  Rights, Citizenship & Torture: Perspectives on Evil, Law and the State. Edited by Welat Zeydanlioglu and John Parry. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009.

“Hundred Fifty Years of Communist Manifesto: Alexandra Kollontai and Marxist Feminism.” Economic and Political Weekly 36.17 (2001): 1413-1424.

Current CV