Faculty - Akhila L. Ananth, PhD


PhD – Criminology, Law and Society (Graduate Feminist Emphasis), University of California, Irvine

MA – Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

BA – Individualized Study, New York University

Akhila L. Ananth is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice & Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research examines constructions of race, gender in the design of juvenile courts and detention facilities and 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 for the mistakes we’ve made as societies in the past? 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 that I come to work, I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. 

Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications Available Online:


Photo of Dr. A. Anath

Contact Information:

Office: Room 249, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center
Email: aananth2@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-4877

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