Professor Akbar’s teaching interests include social movements, criminal law and punishment, policing and inequality. Her scholarship explores the intersections of national security and criminal law, and the potential of social movements to transform our thinking about law, law enforcement, and law reform. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in NYU Law Review, UCLA Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, NOMOS, Citizenship Studies, the Journal of Legal Education, the Nation, and more.
Her clinical practice is focused on law and organizing. With her students, she has litigated in state, federal, and transnational forums against domestic and foreign governments for rights abuses, produced community-based human rights reports, and collaborated with community organizations in campaigns for social change.
Before coming to Ohio State, Professor Akbar taught at New York University (NYU) Law School and the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. After law school, she clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and worked as a staff attorney at Queens Legal Service Corp., part of Legal Services NYC, in a community-based battered women’s project.