Mitra Sharafi “Abortion in South Asia"
Mitra Sharafi (University of Wisconsin), "Abortion in South Asia, 1860-1947: A Medico-Legal History"
Mitra Sharafi is a legal historian of modern South Asia, focusing on the history of the legal profession, contract law, law and society. science and medicine; law, religion, minorities; legal consciousness and pluralism. She holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford (the UK equivalent of a JD and LLM) and a doctorate in history from Princeton. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2007. Her first book, Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772-1947 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), explores the legal culture of the Parsis or Zoroastrians of British India, an ethno-religious minority community that was unusually invested in colonial law. The book was awarded the Law and Society Association's J. Willard Hurst Prize for socio-legal history in 2015. Sharafi is now working on her second book project, "Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India." This project examines colonial anxieties about dissimulation, truth, and justice that were reflected in the work of experts like the Chemical Examiners, Imperial Serologist, Government Examiner of Questioned Documents, and Chief Inspector of Explosives. Her research has been recognized and supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for Advanced Study, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and Social Science Research Council. She is an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow ’18 (National Humanities Center, 2020-1), a Davis Center Fellow (Princeton History Dept., fall 2018), and an H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellow (UW-Madison, 2018-23). Mitra Sharafi is a regular contributor to the Legal History Blog. Since 2010, her South Asian Legal History Resources website has shared research guides and other tools for the historical study of law in South Asia. She tweets regularly at @mjsharafi.