Research Interests

Jinee’s research focuses on the Debates on Law, Violence, and State Power in Liberal Democracies. Drawing from Political and Legal Theory, Public Law and interdisciplinary literature on violence, in her first bookTransnational Tortureshe explored how the jurisprudence of interrogations in contemporary democracies dealt with the infliction of pain and suffering by state officials. She argued that rather than viewing the recent policies on interrogation as anomalous or exceptional, efforts to accommodate excess violence- a constantly negotiated process- are long standing features of both the democracies.

In her second book, Truth Machines: Policing, Violence, and Scientific Interrogations in India, she examines the nature of state power and legal violence in liberal democracies by focusing on the interaction between law, science and policing.  She traveled to five cities in India and conducted interviews with police officials, forensic psychologists (at the forensic science labs), medical professionals, human rights activists and lawyers on the use of narcoanlysis, brainscanning and lie detectors in the Indian criminal justice system.

In 2014, she  completed a project working (with Dr. Amar Jesani) as Research Partner on a Multi-Country study on Torture Prevention initiatives, led by Richard Carver and Association for the Prevention of Torture with a focus on Indian torture prevention initiatives. The study focuses on the effectiveness of torture prevention initiatives in India between 1985-2014 and includes the analysis of reports and cases, supplemented with key interviews with Human Rights Commission members, police, activists and lawyers.The chapter on India (with Amar Jesani) has been published in Does Torture Prevention work? Edited by Richard Carver and Lisa Handley (University of Liverpool Press) and was republished by Quill Foundation as a report.

Some of her other projects include: New Modes of Racial Profiling: Post-9/11 surveillance practices on Muslims in the United States; Feminist Theory of Violence; The relationship of Indian human rights groups with the law especially the tension between utilizing law as a site of intervention;Broader questions of disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity in legal studies and political theory.

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