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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Nina Gat

M.A., J.D., LL.M.

PhD student in Asian Cultures & Languages

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Biography

Experienced attorney with over ten years in the public sector, Ms. Gat is currently focused on specializing in the ancient
Indian legal system.  Her career spans years of work in India in the field of human rights and social development in its many dimensions in urban as well as rural settings where she worked closely with leaders in academia, judiciary, politics, government and the media, while facilitating opportunities for dialogue and academic exchange between American experts and their Indian counterparts.  She also gained valuable experience in modern teaching methodologies using andragogy and 'learner-controlled instruction' for training and instructional purposes.  Upon migrating to the United States, Ms. Gat pursued legal education following which she worked in public service as administrative law judge, hearing officer and legal counsel.  She is admitted to the bars of the states of Texas, Washington and Massachusetts.

As she pursues a doctoral degree exploring the roots of the Indian legal system, Ms. Gat seeks to bring not only the knowledge and skills she has acquired but also her own unique perspective of someone intimately connected with the Indian culture and tradition along with a broad exposure to western academic traditions and the practice of law. 

Interests

Roots of the ancient Indian legal system as seen in Vedic texts; Inter-linkages and divergences in early Dharmaśāstra literature; Customary law traditions; Dharma in practice as seen in contemporary literature of the broader Indian diaspora
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