Zain Lakhani

Research Affiliate, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women; Lecturer in Law

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zlakhani@sas.upenn.edu

profile summary

Zain Lakhani holds a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her current project, Becoming Sexual Subjects: Rape and the Political Meaning of Violence in the Age of Human Rights, explores the relationship between sexual violence, human rights and the politics of border control.

Zain Lakhani holds a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her current project, Becoming Sexual Subjects: Rape and the Political Meaning of Violence in the Age of Human Rights, explores the relationship between sexual violence, human rights and the politics of border control. Specifically, her work traces the intersection of gender and human rights language within the politics of immigration, refugee administration and anti-trafficking policy over the second half of the twentieth century. She is also working on a project about the relationship between human trafficking and guest worker visa programs. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including grants from the Charlotte Newcomb Dissertation Fellowship Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the AAUW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors from Queen’s University in Canada, and has held postdoctoral fellowships in history and human rights at the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University.