Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Priya S. Gupta

Priya S. Gupta

Faculty Director of the General LL.M. Program and Professor of Law

B.A., Economics, with distinction, 2001, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MSc., International Political Economy, 2004, London School of Economics; J.D., 2007, New York University; Phi Beta Kappa; Member, New York State Bar

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Phone: (213) 738-6777
Office: BW303

Priya Gupta brings to the classroom an important international perspective gained from research and practice in the areas of property rights, and law and economic development, as well as gender and the law. Appointed to the Southwestern faculty in 2012, she teaches in the areas of property, international law, law and development, and race and the law, and has served as faculty director of the General LL.M. program and international outreach.

"I was drawn to Southwestern's commitment to creative learning and research, and contribution to the greater community - a mindset that appears to be shared by students and professors alike."

From 2009 to 2012, Professor Gupta she served as an Assistant Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) in India and Assistant Director of the law school's Centre for Women, Law and Social Change, which she helped establish. She was also involved with JGLS' clinical program which supports citizen participation in rural governance in Haryana. Prior to joining JGLS, Professor Gupta practiced law as a structured finance attorney at the international law firm Linklaters LLP in New York and also took an active role in the firm's pro bono program, including representing an asylum claimant in Immigration Court. Professor Gupta previously served as a consultant for Operation Asha (a Delhi-based tuberculosis control non-governmental organization) and worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Washington, D.C.

While a law student at NYU, Professor Gupta was a Dean's Scholar, a recipient of the Lawrence Lederman/Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Fellowship in Corporate and Business Law and a staff editor of the Journal of Legislation & Public Policy. Her current research focuses on property, law and development from a critical perspective, and feminist legal theory. Her recent publications have appeared in U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, Indian Journal of Law & Economics, Maryland Law Review and Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

"I was drawn to Southwestern's commitment to creative learning and research, and contribution to the greater community - a mindset that appears to be shared by students and professors alike," Professor Gupta said. "I've really felt welcomed throughout my transition to Los Angeles, and I'm thrilled to be a member of the faculty at Southwestern."


Books and Chapters

From Statesman to Technocrats to Financiers: Development Agents in the Third World in BANDUNG AT SIXTY: CRITICAL PASTS AND PENDING FUTURES (L. Eslava, M. Fakhri and V. Nesiah, eds.; Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)


Governing The Single-Family House: A (Brief) Legal History, 37 UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I LAW REVIEW 187-243 (2015)

Judicial Constructions: Modernity, Economic Liberalization, and the Urban Poor in India, 42 FORDHAM URBAN LAW JOURNAL 25-90 (2014)

How Clinical Education Builds Bridges with Villages for a Global Law School in India, 63 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 512 (with K. Dev, M. Dev. and K. Rana; 2014)

The American Dream, Deferred: Contextualizing Property after the Foreclosure Crisis, 73 MARYLAND LAW REVIEW 523-586 (2013)

The Peculiar Circumstances of Eminent Domain in India, 49 OSGOODE HALL LAW JOURNAL 445 (2012)

'The Toxic Trade': The Legal Landscape of Asbestos Regulation in India, 90/91 WOMEN & ENVIRONMENTS 25 (with D. Jain; Spring/Summer 2012)

Promotion Clinical Legal Education in India: A Case Study of the Citizen Participation Clinic, Joint Report by the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic and the Jindal Good Rural Governance and Citizen Participation Clinic (with E. Brundige, S. Kalantry, and A. Pandley; July 2012)

Ending Finders, Keepers: The Use of Title Insurance to Alleviate Uncertainty in Land Holdings in India, 17 U.C. DAVIS JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW & POLICY 63 (2010)

The Ambivalent Life of DEAD AID, 1 INDIAN JOURNAL OF LAW & ECONOMICS 169 (2010)