Senior Research Fellow
Jeff’s research interests are in the areas of comparative law and religion, Islamic law, legal pluralism, family law, and law and sexuality. He has lectured widely on these topics in North America, South Asia, Europe, and Australia, and has been 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 Dean and Professor at the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Jeff has also 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. Jeff is currently expanding upon research and scholarly approaches developed for A Secular Need: Islamic Law and State Governance in Contemporary India (University of Washington Press, Global South Asia series, 2020) while also working on his next book concerning transgender rights developments in Pakistan and India. Jeff's scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Modern Asian Studies, Modern Law Review, Asian Journal of Law and Society, and National Law School of India Review; Jeff is also the South Asia contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law.