Associate Professor of Law


Professor Veena Dubal’s research focuses on the intersection of law and social change in the work context. Within this broad frame, she uses empirical methodologies to study (1) the meaning of law in the lives of precarious workers, (2) the role of public interest lawyering in social change movements, and (3) the co-constitutive influences of the law on work and identity.

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 used historical and ethnographic methodologies to study workers and worker collectivities in the San Francisco taxi industry. The subject of her doctoral research arose from her experiences 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.

Complementing her academic scholarship, Professor Dubal’s legal commentary is regularly featured in the local and national media, particularly her current research on precarious workers in the so-called “sharing economy.”



  1. University of California, Berkeley

    Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy

  2. University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

    J.D., Law

  3. Stanford University

    B.A., International Relations (Major) and Feminist Studies (Minor)


  1. Postdoctoral Fellow

    Clayman Institute, Stanford University

  2. Graduate Fellow

    Center for Research on Social Change, UC Berkeley

  3. BELS Fellow

    Center for Law & Society, UC Berkeley

  4. Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow

    Asian Law Caucus

  5. Fulbright IIE Grantee


Selected Scholarship

  1. Wage Slave or Entrepreneur: Contesting the Dualism of Legal Worker Identities 02/2017

    California Law Review

  2. The Drive to Precarity: Work, Regulation, and Labor Advocacy in San Francisco's Taxi and Uber Economies 05/2017

    Berkeley Journal of Labor and Employment Law

  3. Assessing the Impact of Misclassification Litigation on Workers in the Gig Economy 12/2017

    Wisconsin Law Review

  4. The Demise of Community Policing: the Impact of Post-9/11 Federal Surveillance Programs on Local Law Enforcement 01/2012

    Asian American Law Journal


  1. Employment Law
  2. Employment Discrimination (1st Year and Upper Division)
  3. Critical Race Theory Seminar