Dr Pratiksha Baxi is Assistant Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (India) teaches sociology of law. Dr. Pratiksha Baxi holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. Her research interests range from sociology of law, medical jurisprudence, ethnographies of courts, violence, gender studies, judicial reform and feminist legal theory. Dr. Baxi has published on rape, sexual harassment, communal riots and “honour crimes”. Currently she is working on her book manuscript entitled Public Secrets of Law: Ethnography of Rape Trials in India [for the Oxford University Press]. The manuscript is based on her doctoral work, an ethnographic study of rape trials in a court in Gujarat, India. Dr. Baxi has been involved in public campaigns against violence against women in India. She was the founder member of the Gender Study Group [1992-1997] and Forum against Sexual Harassment [1998-2002] in University of Delhi, which primarily raised the issue of sexual harassment in the academia. She also initiated the formation of the Law and Social Sciences Research Network, anchored at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. She was awarded the British Academy Visiting Fellowship at the University of Warwick (2006); a writing fellowship at the John Hopkins University (2000-1), Junior Research Fellowship of University Grants Commission (1993-2000) and the Prof. M.S.A. Rao Gold Medal, University of Delhi in 1993.