Professor Neelum Arya joined the faculty at the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law of Barry University in 2012. Her primary areas of expertise include legislative campaigns, youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system, juvenile and criminal justice data, and conditions of confinement for incarcerated children.
Prior to entering academia, Arya worked on several state and federal legislative campaigns for organizations including the Campaign for Youth Justice, Center for Children's Law and Policy, Children's Defense Fund, Communities for Quality Education, and the Youth Law Center. In addition to YAP's Policy and Advocacy Center, Arya currently serves as an advisory board member of the National Center for Youth in Custody, Campaign for Youth Justice, and Free Minds Book Club. She was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship by the Open Society Institute in 2004, named Volunteer of the Year by the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in 2006, and awarded a Wasserstein Fellowship at Harvard Law School in 2011.
Arya is a graduate of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law & Policy at UCLA School of Law and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.