Professor Veena Dubal’s research focuses on the intersection of law, technology, and precarious work. Within this broad frame, she uses empirical methodologies and critical theory to understand (1) the impact of digital technologies and emerging legal frameworks on the lives of workers, (2) the co-constitutive influences of law and work on identity, and (3) the role of law and lawyers in solidarity movements.
Professor Dubal has been cited by the California Supreme Court, and her scholarship has been published in top-tier law review and peer-reviewed journals, including the California Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Empirical and Labor Law, and Perspectives on Politics. Based on over a decade of ethnographic and historical study, Professor Dubal is currently writing a manuscript (Driving Freedom, Navigating Neoliberalism) on how five decades of shifting technologies and emergent regulatory regimes changed the everyday lives and work experiences of ride-hail drivers in San Francisco.
Complementing her academic scholarship, Professor Dubal’s writing has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Slate. Her commentary and research on the intersections of technology, low-wage work, and organizing (particularly in the so-called “sharing” or platform economy) are regularly featured both in the local and national media and in a number of documentaries, including When Rules Don’t Apply, City Rising, and Gig a Uberização do Trabalho.
Professor Dubal joined the Hastings Faculty in 2015, after a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University (also her undergraduate alma mater). Prior to that, Professor Dubal received her J.D. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, where she conducted an ethnography of the San Francisco taxi industry. The subject of her doctoral research arose from her work as a public interest attorney and Berkeley Law Foundation fellow at the Asian Law Caucus where she founded a taxi worker project and represented Muslim Americans in civil rights cases.
University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
B.A., International Relations (Major) and Feminist Studies (Minor)
Clayman Institute, Stanford University
Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley
Center for Law & Society, UC Berkeley
Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow
Asian Law Caucus
Fulbright IIE Grantee
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
California Law Review
The Drive to Precarity: Work, Regulation, and Labor Advocacy in San Francisco's Taxi and Uber Economies 2017
Berkeley Journal of Labor and Employment Law
Winning the Battle, Losing the War?: Assessing the Impact of Misclassification Litigation on Workers in the Gig Economy, 2017
Wisconsin Law Review
The Demise of Community Policing: the Impact of Post-9/11 Federal Surveillance Programs on Local Law Enforcement 2012
Asian American Law Journal