Mitra Sharafi is a legal historian whose work focuses on colonial India. After completing a history degree in Canada (BA McGill, 1996) and studying law in the UK (BA Cambridge, 1998; BCL Oxford, 1999), Sharafi did a doctorate in history (PhD Princeton, 2006). She is currently working on a book project based upon her dissertation, "Bella's Case: Parsi Identity and the Law in Colonial Rangoon, Bombay and London, 1887-1925," which received the Canada-based South Asia Council’s 2007 Dissertation Award. Sharafi joined the UW Law School and Legal Studies program in July 2007, following a two-year research fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, and a short visiting fellowship at the Socio-Legal Research Center of Griffith University, Australia. She teaches courses on law and colonialism, legal pluralism, and contracts.