Mark Fathi Massoud: How can universities deal with racism? Learn from war zones

December 07, 2015

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"How can universities deal with racism? Learn from war zones" is an op-ed by Associate Professor Mark Fathi Massoud in the Washington Post.

The Washington Post, via its Monkey Cage blog on politics, published an op-ed by Mark Fathi Massoud, associate professor of politics and legal studies, on how universities can learn from post-war reconciliation when responding to allegations of racism.

Massoud's award-winning book, Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge University Press, 2013), shows how Sudan can serve as a case study for other volatile countries that are transitioning out of authoritarian or postcolonial regimes.

Now, he's applying those lessons to how university administrators can handle racial issues. He argues that people, places, and the past are key to building peace.

"At American universities, understanding people means appreciating the complex demands of protesters and those who are more silent. One’s racial identity coexists with one’s gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or religion," Massoud writes. Read the full piece on the Washington Post website.

Massoud is 2015-2016 Visiting Associate Research Scholar in the program of Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Earlier this year he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to further his research on law in war-affected regions. You can find him on Twitter at @profmassoud and follow @UCSCSocSci for more news from the Politics Department and the Division of Social Sciences.

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