Department of Sociology

Upasana Garnaik

LL.M., Duke University School of Law

Upasana Garnaik



Family, Gender, Sociology of Law, Social Movements


Upasana Garnaik is a first year graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Upasana is a lawyer by training and received her LLM from Duke Law School in 2012. Upasana started litigating in Delhi in 2012 and moved on to teaching at the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) first as a Research Associate and then as an Assistant Professor. At JGLS, she was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology in 2015. As a part of the Centre, Upasana worked on several advocacy and research projects related to gender, sexuality and reproductive rights. She also got the opportunity to work with the Law Commission of India and co-authored a report on shared custody in India. 

Upasana was associated with a leading family law firm in India (Rajkotia Associates) from 2013-2017. She was part of a legal team, which challenged the constitutionality of the marital rape exemption under the Indian Penal Code and drafted a petition for the same. More recently, Upasana worked at the Lawyers Collective (Non-Profit Organization) as a Legal Officer. During her time at Lawyers Collective, she worked on the Aadhaar (India's unique identity project) case. The team focussed on technological implications of the Aadhaar scheme and the privacy implications thereof. 

Upasana's research interests lies in the intersection of law, societal sanctions and morality focussing on property rights of women in India.

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