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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Vibhuti Ramachandran


Assistant Professor, Global and International Studies, University of California (Irvine), United States



My interdisciplinary research, based on ethnographic methods and socio-legal analysis and rooted in critical feminist and postcolonial perspectives, is structured around two broad concerns:

  1. How postcolonial law, NGOs, and global anti-trafficking campaigns converge to approach prostitution through the contrasting lenses of victimhood and immorality. This is the focus of my forthcoming book and published journal articles.
  2. How postcolonial law, NGOs, and global humanitarian campaigns converge to approach childhood as a category of vulnerability. This is the focus of a published journal article on the politics of rescuing young domestic workers in India, and my current and future research on the construction of orphanhood and child labor as humanitarian issues.



Ramachandran, Vibhuti (2019). Saving the Slaving Child: Domestic Work, Labor Trafficking, and the Politics of Rescue in India, Humanity (An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development), 10: 3, Winter 2019.


Law and society, anthropology of law, courts, NGOs and humanitarianism, regimes of care and carcerality, gender and sexuality, sex work and sex trafficking, critical childhood studies, children and work, labor and migration, South Asia, global studies.
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