Jeff’s research interests are in the areas of comparative law and religion, Islamic law, legal pluralism, family law, and law & sexuality. He has lectured widely on these topics in North America, South Asia, and Europe, including recently being a Visiting Professor at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, a Visiting Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Centre for Advanced Study of Law as Culture (Recht Als Kultur) in Germany, and Visiting Faculty at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. Jeff has held research fellowships at Yale Law School (Oscar M. Ruebhausen program), Harvard Law School (Islamic Legal Studies Program), and Columbia Law School (Center for the Study of Law and Culture). He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. While with the Australia India Institute and the Melbourne Law School, Jeff will further his study of a network of non-state Muslim courts in India and the relationship of the Indian state with these Muslim courts. His current research projects also include recent developments in transgender rights in Pakistan and India.
- Vishwa Lochan Madan v. Union of India (2014) and the Uncertain Boundaries of Muslim Personal Law in India
- CASE COMMENT: Shamim Ara and the Divorce Politics of a Secular and Modern India