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Faculty - Akhila L. Ananth, Ph.D.

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Akhila L. Ananth is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice & Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research examines constructions of race and gender in the design of juvenile courts and detention facilities. It has been published in edited collections and peer-reviewed journals, including Gender, Place, and Culture and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. She was the American Communities Program Faculty Fellow in 2017-2018. In addition to this research, she collaborates with various community organizations serving communities of color in Los Angeles.

At Cal State LA, my students come to the classroom ready to ask the hard questions: How do we create a more just world, acknowledging the past mistakes we’ve made as societies? What will our communities look like when we’ve eliminated the causes and correlates of crime and all people feel supported to live productive, healthy lives? We draw from our experiences living and working in Los Angeles to think creatively about racial justice and social change. Every day I come to work, I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. 

Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications Available Online:


Ph.D. – Criminology, Law and Society (Graduate Feminist Emphasis), University of California, Irvine
MA – Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
BA – Individualized Study, New York University

Research Interests:

Race, Gender, Child Welfare in Los Angeles, Juvenile Justice in Global Contexts

Courses Taught:

Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System
Juvenile Justice, Probation Service Learning

Links to Relevant Organizations:

Youth Justice Coalition
Community Services Unlimited, Inc
Los Angeles Community Action Network
The Delancey Foundation
Homeboy Industries
A New Way of Life