Mark Fathi Massoud

TitleAssociate Professor,
Politics and Legal Studies
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPolitics Department
AffiliationsLegal Studies
Web Site Massoud CV [PDF]
Office154 Merrill College
Office HoursSpring 2017 by appointment
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Mark Fathi Massoud

Research Interests

Mark Fathi Massoud is Associate 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 courses and advises students in the areas of international law, human rights, comparative law, and the politics of law and religion.

Massoud's first book, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge University Press), traces how colonial administrators, post-colonial governments, and the international aid community each used law to build stability amid political violence and civil war in Sudan. The book received awards from the Law and Society Association and the American Political Science Association. Massoud is also principal investigator (with Kathleen M. Moore) of Shari'a Revoiced: Documenting American Muslims' Experiences of Islamic Law.

Massoud has been awarded fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs, and Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015 and a Carnegie Fellowship in 2016. Massoud has taught at UC Santa Cruz since 2009.

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

• Carnegie Fellowship (2016)
• Guggenheim Fellowship (2015)
• Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2015-18)
• ACLS Fellowship (2015-16)
• 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)

Mohannad Malas Distinguished Lecture, UC Irvine School of Law (2017)
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)

Selected Publications

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

"Field Research on Law in Conflict Zones and Authoritarian States," Annual Review of Law and Social Science 12: 85-106, 2016.
• "Ideals and Practices in the Rule of Law: An Essay on Legal Politics," Law & Social Inquiry 41(2): 489-501, 2016.
• "The Politics of Islamic Law and Human Rights: Sudan's Rival Legal Systems," in The New Legal Realism, Volume Two: Studying Law Globally, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
"Rethinking Shari'a: Voices of Islam in California," Boom: A Journal of California 5(4): 94-99, 2015 (with Kathleen M. Moore)
• "Work Rules: How International NGOs Build Law in War-Torn Societies," Law & Society Review 49(2): 333-364, 2015.
• "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.

"Three Important Points to Help in Understanding South Sudan's Worsening Crisis" The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 2016.
"How Can Universities Deal With Racism? Learn from War Zones." The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), 2015.
• "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)