Hello world! I’m Sandeep Prasanna.
I graduated with degrees in law and public policy from the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2015. I intend to use my training and skills to help make the world a safer and more just place.
At UCLA, I specialized in international and comparative law, with a particular emphasis on international human rights and humanitarian law. I received the following recognition while at UCLA: the DACOR Bacon House Fellowship, a national award given annually to 10 outstanding graduate students who study international affairs; the Morris Greenspan Memorial Prize, given to the graduating UCLA law student who has demonstrated the best work in international law; the Stanley G. Pearson Award, which recognizes the academic achievement of a UCLA law student who is studying international law; the Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship, given to outstanding minority UCLA graduate students who focus on international affairs; and the Meyer & Renee Luskin Fellowship, which recognizes the academic achievement of a UCLA graduate student in public affairs.
I co-founded and managed the UCLA International Justice Project, an innovative extracurricular clinic that pairs law students with human rights organizations in need of research aid. I served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 18 of the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, and prior to that, I directed JILFA‘s annual symposium in 2013. Under the guidance of a UCLA law professor, I helped to investigate and document human rights abuses in women’s jails in Southern California. I served as an Associate Editor of the ICC Forum in 2013. In 2012, I helped a UCLA law professor to pilot evidence-gathering methods in Eastern Congo. In 2012 and 2013, I led two legal service trips to Tucson, Arizona, to work on U.S.-Mexico border human rights issues. I represented UCLA in the Jean-Pictet and Clara Barton international law competitions in 2014 and 2015.
I spent my summers at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg, the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, and the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
While in law and graduate school, I was a weekly contributor to The Economist‘s Johnson blog on language from 2012 to 2013 under the byline S.A.P. Some of these pieces are listed in the “Publications” section of this site.
In 2011, I graduated from Duke University, where I studied a major of my own design — an interdisciplinary combination of psychology, evolutionary anthropology, and linguistics. I graduated with distinction after completing an honors thesis with the Hominoid Psychology Research Group, under Dr. Brian Hare, examining the mechanisms behind human cooperation. I was the co-president of Diya, Duke’s South Asian student group, and a member of Speak of the Devil, an a cappella group. I wrote a bi-weekly column on linguistics and life, “Hooked on Phonetics,” for Duke’s daily, The Chronicle. I spent one summer working for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, and another (adventurous) summer in the southwestern Indian jungle with SAI Sanctuary.
I continue to learn Indian classical music from Pandit Nagarajrao Havaldar and spent my high school years traveling between New Jersey and Bangalore, India, to get trained.
Contact me via Twitter @SAPrasanna.