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 HoursBy appointment, Fall 2014
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, <i>Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan</i> (Cambridge University Press) received the Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Prize for best book in law and society. 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.

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)

• <a href="">UC Humanities Research Institute (2013-15)

</a>• <a href="">UC Center for New Racial Studies (2013-14)</a>

• <a href="">Hellman Fellows Program (2012-13)</a>


</a>• <a href="">Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize (2014)</a>

</a>• <a href="">Honorable Mention, American Political Science Association Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts (2014)</a>

• 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

Courses Taught

POLI/LGST 160B International Law
POLI/LGST 175 Human Rights
POLI/LGST 190R Comparative Law and Society
POLI/LGST 151 Politics of Law
POLI 202 Fundamentals of Political Research (Research Design and Qualitative Methods)