Professor Meera Deo

Law faculty to discuss race and gender disparities in academia

Renowned author and interdisciplinary professor Meera E. Deo will lead a virtual workshop with College of Law faculty this month to discuss her book “Unequal Profession.”

Deo’s research centers upon trends in legal education, institutional diversity and affirmative action. Her book discusses the professional and personal experiences of university professors of all ranks analyzing women of color in comparison to white men and women, as well as men of color.

“Unequal Profession” also explores how the race and gender of legal academics affects not only individual and collective experiences, but also legal education as a whole. The book proposes a number of mechanisms to increase diversity within legal academia and to improve the experience of all faculty members.

In addition to her work as professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Deo is the director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) based at Indiana University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor from Michigan Law School.

Prior to her career in academia, Deo practiced civil rights law with the ACLU National Legal Department in New York, and was later a staff attorney for Women’s Health, and director of the Breast Cancer Legal Project at the California Women’s Law Center.

Deo’s discussion with faculty will take place on June 26.