Arpitha Kodiveri

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Arpitha Kodiveri wearing a white collared shirt under a green shirt, sitting with arm on a table with a blue tea cup and eyeglasses with a large green plant in the background.

Arpitha Kodiveri is an environmental law and justice scholar and assistant professor of political science at Vassar College. Her work focuses on the role of law in the context of redressing climate harms faced by indigenous communities in South Asia. Her previous research examines land conflicts and legal mobilization by forest-dwelling communities in India. She has worked as an environmental lawyer supporting Adivasi and forest-dwelling communities in India. She is the recipient of the Hans Kelsen Fellowship at the EUI and the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.

ML, European University Institute; ML, University of California-Berkeley; BL, BS, Indian Law Society's Law College; PhD, European University Institute
At Vassar since 2023


Rockefeller Hall
Box 650

Departments and Programs

Selected Publications


Arpitha Kodiveri, Governing Forests: State, Law and Citizenship in India's Forests (Melbourne University Press, 2024).

Book Chapters

Arpitha Kodiveri, 'From Being Adivasi to Becoming Climate Warriors: Transformation in the Politics of Recognition and Legal Mobilization in India's Coal Rich Areas' in Research Handbook on Law, Movements and Social Change, edited by Steven A. Boutcher, et al., Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2023. ProQuest Ebook Central.

Kodiveri, Arpitha. (2022). Climate Change Litigation in India: Its Potential and Challenges.


Matthew Shutzer, Arpitha Kodiveri; “A Vast Bed of Combustible Fuel”: Sovereign Power and the Underground Commons in the Indian Anthropocene. Radical History Review 1 January 2023.

Arpitha Kodiveri (2021) Our land is banked: forest rights, consent and the invention of a legal exception as land banks, The International Journal of Human Rights.

Arpitha Kodiveri, The Delicate Task of Including Different Voices in Environmental Law Making in India, Journal of Environmental Law, Volume 33, Issue 3, November 2021, Pages 495–500.

Arpitha Kodiveri (2018) Wildlife First, People Later? Forest Rights and Conservation—Towards an Experimentalist Governance Approach 9 J. Indian L. & Soc’y 39 (2018).

In the Media


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