Mark Fathi Massoud

TitleAssistant Professor,
Politics and Legal Studies
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPolitics Department
AffiliationsLegal Studies
Web Site Massoud CV [PDF]
Office154 Merrill College
Office HoursSpring 2015: Tuesday 4:30-6pm (sign up outside office); 4-4:30pm dicta (short walk with students)
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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Research Interests

Mark Fathi Massoud is Assistant Professor in the Politics Department and Legal Studies Program at UC Santa Cruz. His research focuses on law in conflict settings and authoritarian states, and on Islamic law and society. He teaches international law, human rights, and comparative law.

Massoud's first book, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge University Press), refutes the conventional wisdom of a legal vacuum in war-afflicted regions. Based on extensive fieldwork in Sudan, the book traces how colonial administrators, post-colonial governments, and the international aid community have promoted the rule of law to build stability amid political violence and civil war. The book received the Herbert Jacob Prize from the Law and Society Association and Honorable Mention for the C. Herman Pritchett Prize from the American Political Science Association.

Previously, Massoud was a law professor at McGill University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD (Jurisprudence and Social Policy), University of California, Berkeley
JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
MA, University of Notre Dame, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
BA, University of Notre Dame

Admitted to practice law, State Bar of California

Honors, Awards and Grants

• Harvard Law School IGLP Santander-Doha Research Grant (2014-15)
UC Humanities Research Institute (2013-15)
UC Center for New Racial Studies (2013-14)
Hellman Fellows Program (2012-13)

Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize (2014)
Honorable Mention, American Political Science Association Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts (2014)
• Law and Society Association 50th Anniversary Junior Scholars Essay Winner (2014)
• Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Award (2012)
• American Political Science Association Corwin Award for best dissertation in public law (2009)
• Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize (2009)
• Hewlett Fellow, Stanford University (2008-09)

Selected Publications

Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (paperback release 2014).

• "Work Rules: How International NGOs Build Law in War-torn Societies," Law & Society Review, 2015 (forthcoming).
• "The Politics of Islamic Law and Human Rights: Sudan's Rival Legal Systems," in New Legal Realism: Studying Law Globally, Cambridge University Press, 2015 (forthcoming).
• "International Arbitration and Judicial Politics in Authoritarian States," Law & Social Inquiry 39(1): 1-30, 2014.
• "Legal Poverty and the Rule of Law in Strife-Torn States," Whittier Law Review 34(2): 245-259, 2013.
• "Lawyers and the Disintegration of the Legal Complex in Sudan," in Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
• "Do Victims of War Need International Law? Human Rights Education Programs in Authoritarian Sudan," Law & Society Review 45(1): 1-32, 2011.
• "The Influence of International Law on Local Social Movements," Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research 31(1): 3-32, 2006.
• "Rights in a Failed State: Internally Displaced Women in Sudan and Their Lawyers," Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice 21: 2-12, 2006.

"Crafting Peace in South Sudan" Foreign Policy Magazine (Middle East Channel), 2014.
• "Preventing Civil War in South Sudan: Christian Leaders Should Resume Activism" The New York Times (Room for Debate), 2014.
• "How Grassroots Peace Can Take Hold in South Sudan" Christian Science Monitor, 2014.
• "Sudan's Struggle for Peace" Foreign Policy Magazine (Middle East Channel), 2013.
• "New Directions in Comparative Public Law" (symposium lead essay with Leila Kawar), APSA Law & Courts Section Newsletter 22(4): 32-36, 2012.
• "US Has a Stake in Sudan Secession Vote" San Jose Mercury News, 2011.

Courses Taught

LGST 10 Introduction to Legal Studies (Law, Jurisprudence, and Society)
POLI/LGST 160B International Law
POLI/LGST 175 Human Rights
POLI/LGST 190R Comparative Law and Society
POLI 202 Fundamentals of Political Research (Research Design and Qualitative Methods)