Pantea Javidan, JD, PhD, is an interdisciplinary scholar of sociology and law with expertise in the subject areas of social inequalities and human trafficking, and a professional background as a civil rights attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to her legal practice, she served as a residential mental health counselor to youth at risk of incarceration in San Francisco. As an attorney Pantea provided direct legal assistance and systemic advocacy for the wellbeing of vulnerable populations, including children & youth, refugees and domestic violence survivors. She simultaneously served as the civil advocacy representative of a multidisciplinary team for diversionary court in the juvenile justice system in Oakland. She currently chairs the Board of Directors at Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, a community mental health clinic in East Oakland that serves survivors of state crimes and severe forms of trauma such as torture and genocide.
Inspired by her undergraduate background in sociology at UC Berkeley and motivated by subsequent professional experiences, Pantea pursued doctoral research and earned her PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics in 2017. Her scholarly publications have focused on multidimensional inequalities, sexual and gender-based violence, human trafficking, criminal law, civil and human rights, and the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court. Pantea has pioneered research on historical and contemporary domestic child trafficking laws using an intersectional approach and human rights framework of international children’s rights. Considered key literature on the subject, her research informs advocacy efforts for legislative and judicial shifts away from the criminalization of survivors of sex trafficking and towards legal protection and socio-economic support. Pantea has also published leading research on race and law regarding changes in the modern conceptualization of discrimination. She has taught courses on criminology at London School of Economics and University of East London School of Law, including on the topics of state crimes and human trafficking.
Pantea is generally interested in global, intersectional and life-course approaches to issues of equity and justice. In addition to an examination of contemporary cases of human trafficking in the Bay Area, she has been developing research on the implications of gentrification and serial displacement for women and children of color from the perspective of human rights and state harms. As an affiliate of the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program at Stanford, Pantea conducts interdisciplinary research concerning the impacts of trauma across time and generation on survivors of human rights abuses and their families and communities, with a view towards informing transitional justice and judicial processes, particularly relating to US immigration policy. Her current research project investigates emergent forms of criminalization and incarceration in response to human trafficking and children & youth seeking refuge in the United States.