Professor Ahmed is an expert in health law, criminal law, science and the law, law and development, sexuality, and race. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national legal regimes with a particular focus on criminal laws that impact health. She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development, and Rights.

Prior to joining Northeastern Professor Ahmed was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health Program on International Health and Human Rights. She came to that position after a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). Professor Ahmed has also consulted with various United Nations agencies and international and domestic non-governmental organizations.

Professor Ahmed served as an expert member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as an expert for the American Bar Association. Professor Ahmed has been a peer referee for numerous publications including the Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Global Public Health, the Journal of the International AIDS Society, and American Journal of Public Health. She has also served as a grants referee for several funding institutions.

Professor Ahmed has received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Northeastern University School of Law Health Law and Policy Seed Grant Initiative.

Professor Ahmed holds a JD from the University of California Berkeley, an MS in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a BA from Emory University.

Fields of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Comparative Law
  • Development and the Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Property
  • Public Health Law
  • Reproductive Rights

Selected Works

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters

  • "No Way Out: The Dual Subordination of Muslim Women in Indian Legal Culture,” in Self-Determination and Women’s Rights in Muslim Societies, Chitra Raghavan & James P. Levine eds. (Brandeis University Press, 2012)

Selected Commentary