LAHer and Truman finalist, Ayesha Akbar receives Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship
Posted: May 14, 2013
Ayesha Akbar, Liberal Arts Honors Student, is a rising senior majoring in Government, Psychology, Arabic Language and Literature, and an interdisciplinary honors major titled Islam, Politics, and South Asian Development. She is also an Arabic Flagship Scholar and is completing a certificate in human rights and social justice. She was raised primarily in Pakistan and the United States, but spent her high school years in Saudi Arabia. She has been involved in research since her first year at UT, working first in psychology labs researching both mental health and management behavior. She then began researching Islamic family law and reform in the Department of Sociology. She has been awarded numerous scholarships for her writing and serves as an Undergraduate Writing TA and as a consultant at UT’s Undergraduate Writing Center. She has also been involved with Amnesty International throughout college and currently serves as the president of her University’s chapter. She spent last summer researching constitutional reform at the Lahore University of Management Sciences Department of Law and Policy in Pakistan, and is currently working on a mapping foreign aid in collaboration with AidData and UT’s School of Public Affairs. She focuses primarily on South Asia and the Middle East and is interested in researching international law, Islam in politics, poverty, war, and corruption. Additionally, she is interested in disability, mental health policy, and community activism in said regions. She will work with Professor John Hagan this summer.
The American Bar Foundation offers a rich environment to students from diverse backgrounds who are considering careers in legal research or the practice of law. Each fellow works closely with a specially designated ABF Research Professor on the design and implementation of a research project, affording them the rare opportunity to do socio-legal research with experienced scholars. While the students work primarily as research assistants, they also attend a series of seminars conducted by ABF Faculty, program alumni, and practitioners in the legal system in Chicago who acquaint the students with their career paths and work.