Dr. Zahra Takhshid is the Reginald Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She is also an affilaite at the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School and Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University (starting Septemer 2020). Zahra is interested in teaching and writing about contracts, torts, digital privacy, and technology and the law. Part of her scholarship explores how to use tools from torts and contracts in resolving challenges with emerging technological developments. A second strand of her interest is Islamic law, particularly private Islamic law. She is also passionate about youth education and has taught and worked with middle school and high school students in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Zahra's research has been published or is forthcoming in Cardozo Law Review, Minnesota Law Review Online, Buffalo Law Review, among others. She has contributed to the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest and Harvard Islamic Law Blog.
Zahra holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) from Fordham Law School. In her doctoral dissertation, she analyzed the role of public policy and unconscionability in negligence lawsuits that involve the express assumption of risk defense. At Fordham she was also a fellow at the Institute on Religion, Law, & Lawyer’s Work. Zahra earned an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School where she was the recipient of full tuition Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship. She also has an LL.M. (Summa Cum Laude) and an LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Tehran School of Law and Political Science.
She is a native speaker of Farsi and proficient in French and Arabic. Zahra also has basic knowledge of the programming languages Swift and Python. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and Iran.