Academic Programmes

5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)



B.A.LL.B.(Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bengaluru – 2016
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University Boston, MA – 2021


Padmini has worked as a teaching assistant and co-instructor at Tufts University where she taught the following courses:

  • “Race and Settler Capitalism”, Department of Race, Colonialism and  Diaspora, Tufts University (Fall 2021)
  • “Kinship: Living in Relation” for Dr. Sarah Pinto, Department of  Anthropology, Tufts University (Fall, 2021)
  • “Introduction to Race, Colonialism and Diaspora”, for Dr. Kris  Manjapra and Dr. Sarah Fong, Department of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora, Tufts  University (Fall 2021)
  • “Colonialism in Global Perspective” for Dr. Kris Manjapra,  Department of Race, Colonialism and Diaspora, Tufts University (Fall 2020)

She has also been a Teaching Assistant at NLSIU for Dr. V.S. Elizabeth, where she taught “History II” (Legal History).


Peer-Reviewed journal articles:

• Sabhapandit, Trisha and Baruah, Padmini, “Untrustworthy and Unbelievable:  Women And The Quest For Citizenship In Assam,” The Statelessness and Citizenship  Review 3, no. 1 (2021): 236–58. (Both authors contributed equally)

• Baruah, Padmini, “The Right to Have Rights: Assam and the Legal Politics of  Citizenship,” Socio-Legal Review 16, no. 2 (2020)


• “Marginalised and Impoverished in Assam” (Assam: Right to Nationality and  Citizenship Network, January 2021)

• “You and I Are Not Friends: The Challenges of Ethnographic Study in the Migration  Field,” The Journeys Project, ed. Kimberley Wilson (Medford: The Leir Institute,  2019)

• “Our Destiny Is Written on Our Foreheads,” in The Journeys Project, ed. Kimberley  Wilson (Medford: The Leir Institute, 2019)

• Baruah, Padmini et al., “Paths to Justice: Surveying Judicial and Non-Judicial Dispute  Resolution in India” in Approaches to Justice in India (Bangalore: DAKSH, 2018) (Equal contribution by all  authors)

• Purushothama, Amulya and Baruah, Padmini, “Diversification and Efficiency: A Case  Study of the Karnataka Appellate Tribunal” in Approaches to Justice in India (Bangalore: DAKSH, 2018)

Media articles:

• “The Violent Video from a Recent Eviction Drive Should Be a Moment of Reckoning  for Assamese Society,” accessed November 10, 2021,

• Baruah, Padmini and Wadud, Aman, “Government Needs to Act Urgently to  Conclude NRC Process in Assam,” The Indian Express, September 1, 2020

• Baruah, Padmini, “A Paper Trail to Nowhere: Proving Status in Assam and the Crisis  of Citizenship,” The Polis Project, Inc, August 26, 2020,

• Baruah, Padmini, “Assam: Supreme Court Must Do Much More to Save Prisoners in  Detention Centres from Covid-19,” Scroll, April 18, 2020,

• Baruah, Padmini and Sukhtankar, Sandip, “Opinion | Ensuring That #MeToo Doesn’t  Fizzle out,” Mint, November 1, 2018,


• Baruah, Padmini, “The Proof of Guilt: Guest Post: Trapped and Purged – the  Foreigners Tribunal Regime in Assam and the Criminalisation of the Citizen,” The  Proof of Guilt, June 26, 2020, https://theproofofguilt.blogspot.com/2020/06/guest post-trapped-and-purged.html

• Baruah, Padmini, “The Blind Side: India’s Tryst with Citizenship, Deprivation and  Statelessness,” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, May 12, 2020, http://  www.fletcherforum.org/the-rostrum/2020/5/11/the-blind-side-indias-tryst-with citizenship-deprivation-and-statelessness

• Baruah, Padmini, “To Be or Not To Be (A Citizen): The Curious Case of Assam,” The  Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, June 3, 2019, http://www.fletcherforum.org/the rostrum/2019/5/8/to-be-or-not-to-be-a-citizen-the-curious-case-of-assam