Mark Fathi Massoud
|Title||Assistant Professor, |
Politics and Legal Studies
|Division||Social Sciences Division|
|Office||154 Merrill College|
|Office Hours||Tues. 2:30-4:00pm (sign up outside office); Dicta (short walk with students) Tues. 4-4:30pm|
|Campus Mail Stop||Merrill Faculty Services|
|1156 High St.|
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Research InterestsMark Fathi Massoud is Assistant Professor of politics and legal studies. His research draws from law, political science, and legal anthropology to focus on the institutionalization of law and human rights in conflict settings and authoritarian states. He teaches courses in international law, human rights, and the politics of law.
His book, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. 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 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 TrainingPhD (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 GrantsRECENT GRANTS
• UC Center for New Racial Studies (2013-14)
• Hellman Fellows Program (2012-13)
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
• Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Award (2012)
• American Political Science Association Edward S. Corwin Award for best dissertation in public law (2009)
• Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize (2009)
• Hewlett Fellow, Stanford University (2008-09)
Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2013).
SELECTED ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
"International Arbitration and Judicial Politics in Authoritarian Regimes," Law & Social Inquiry (forthcoming, 2014).
"Legal Poverty and the Rule of Law in Strife-Torn States," Whittier Law Review 34(2): 245-259 (2013).
"New Directions in Comparative Public Law" (symposium lead essay with Leila Kawar), APSA Law & Courts Section Newsletter 22(4): 32-36 (2012).
"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: 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).
“U.S. Would Be Wise to Assist Both Sides of a Split Sudan,” Op-Ed, San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 7, 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).
Courses TaughtPOLI/LGST 160B International Law
POLI/LGST 175 Human Rights
POLI/LGST 151 Politics of Law
POLI 202 Fundamentals of Political Research (Research Design and Qualitative Methods)