Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee

Research Fellow

Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee is a Research Fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Shikha’s research and writing takes an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in understanding labour markets, migration, and variegated citizenship. Shikha’s focus on female labor migration for employment in garment, domestic, and other work sectors provides a prism for understanding interactions between gendered social governance and legal, financial, and political regimes.

Shikha has completed her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a BA in English and Ethnicity, Race and Migration from Yale University, and is a PhD Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law.

Shikha’s work is informed by more than a decade of experience working with grassroots campaigns and civil society organizations in the U.S., South Asia, and globally, using legal, media and community organizing approaches. Shikha is a Research Fellow at Global Labor Justice. Shikha has been an Ella Baker fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, and a Fulbright fellow at Swayam. She has worked with numerous organizations in South Asia including Asia Floor Wage Alliance, Human Rights Law Network, Jan Sahas Social Development Society, PRADAN, the Society for Labour and Development, and the South Asia Women’s Fund.

In 2015, Shikha jointly founded HELM Social Design Studio, the first social design studio in South Asia dedicated to partnering with human rights defenders and their organizations to ideate, fund and build social design solutions that promote human rights and access to justice (

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