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Professor I. India Thusi Selected for Fulbright Global Scholar Award

Professor I. India Thusi

California Western’s Associate Professor of Law I. India Thusi has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Global Scholar.

The prestigious award is a competitive program, and only 1,200 grants are awarded to U.S. scholars every year. The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. It is designed to expand and strengthen the relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world.

“I feel honored to receive this award and am excited for the opportunity to do comparative research in two countries with very different approaches to criminal law,” says Thusi.

Thusi plans to conduct empirical research on the criminalization of sex work in Sweden and New Zealand, where they approach the issue differently.

“Sex work is criminalized for sex work clients and decriminalized for sex workers in Sweden,” says Thusi. “However, sex work is fully decriminalized for both sex workers and clients in New Zealand. Making a direct comparison will allow me to examine the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.”

Thusi plans to consult with law enforcement officials and believes that this project will contribute valuable insights about the criminalization of sex work.

“I have done similar research in South Africa, where I spent nearly two years doing ethnographic research with police and sex workers,” adds Thusi.

Thusi will visit New Zealand from May to July 2021, and Sweden from May to July 2022. She will be writing a series of papers sharing her research results.

Throughout her legal career, Thusi has been involved in social justice work in different ways. She has worked as a Co-Chair of the Academics Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section and recognized as one of the ABA’s 2019 On The Rise–Top 40 Young Lawyers Award honorees. Thusi will be presenting her paper “Reality Porn” at the 2020 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum this summer. She has also worked as a civil rights lawyer with the ACLU and worked on policy and advocacy with The Opportunity Agenda.

About Fulbright: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 125 countries worldwide.