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Mark Fathi Massoud, Law and Politics, University of California Santa Cruz

  • When: November 10, 2021, 12–1:30 pm
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Mark Fathi Massoud is professor of politics and legal studies at UC Santa Cruz. He directs the Legal Studies Program and serves as affiliated faculty with the Center for the Middle East and North Africa.

?Massoud studies law in states under crisis, using archival research, ethnographic fieldwork, and interviews. His first book, Law's Fragile State, examines how colonial officials, authoritarian regimes, and international lawyers reformed Sudan's legal systems to achieve their goals. His second book, Shari'a, Inshallah, investigates the endurance of Islamic law in Somali politics. Massoud is also principal investigator (with Kathleen M. Moore) of Shari'a Revoiced, a study of Islamic law in the United States.

?Massoud is series editor of the Cambridge Studies in Law and Society. He serves on the editorial boards of Law & Social InquiryLaw & Policy, and the International Journal of Law in Context. He sits on the Advisory Council of the NSF Law & Science Dissertation Grant Program, and on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association

Born in Sudan and raised in California, Massoud is a first-generation university graduate. He has received Guggenheim, Carnegie, Mellon, and ACLS fellowships, and he has held visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, and McGill. He will give the Evans-Pritchard Lectures at Oxford University in 2022.

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