Deepa Varadarajan joined the St. John’s faculty in 2011. She teaches Property, Introduction to Intellectual Property, and Patent Law. In 2012, she was named "Best New Law Professor" by the Student Bar Association.
Professor Varadarajan’s research interests span several areas, including intellectual property, cultural property, property theory, and the intersections of IP, human rights, and economic development. Her scholarship explores intellectual property's effect on innovation, the relevance of traditional property law and theory to intellectual property law, and intellectual property law's impact on traditional cultures. Her most recent article, Improvement Doctrines, was selected for the 2013 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.
Before coming to St. John’s, Professor Varadarajan was a fellow at Stanford Law School, where she taught federal pretrial litigation and legal research and writing. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2003. While at Yale, she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and co-editor of the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. She clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Charles P. Sifton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Professor Varadarajan was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP, where her practice covered a broad variety of commercial disputes, including intellectual property, antitrust, and disputes over the ownership of artwork.