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Mark Fathi Massoud

Director of Legal Studies and Associate Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Mark Fathi Massoud is Director of Legal Studies and Associate Professor of Politics at UC Santa Cruz. Before joining the UCSC faculty in 2009, he was a Hewlett Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. At UC Santa Cruz, Massoud teaches courses and advises students in international law, human rights, comparative law, research methods, and the politics of law and religion.

Massoud has been awarded Guggenheim, Carnegie, ACLS, and Mellon New Directions fellowships. He has been a fellow of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a visiting professor at McGill University (Canada) and Konstanz University (Germany). He is co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in Law and Society book series. He serves on the editorial boards of Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, and the International Journal of Law in Context, and he is on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association.

Massoud’s research addresses the interplay between religion and the rule of law, focusing on the politics of law and humanitarian aid in conflict settings. His book, Law's Fragile State, received the Herbert Jacob Prize from the Law and Society Association and an Honorable Mention for the Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association. He is also principal investigator (with Kathleen M. Moore) of Shari'a Revoiced: Documenting American Muslims' Experiences of Islamic Law. Born in Sudan and raised in California, Massoud holds a JD and PhD from UC Berkeley.


  • 2009–present
    Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • 2008 
    University of California, Berkeley, PhD
  • 2005 
    University of California, Berkeley, JD
  • 2000 
    University of Notre Dame, MA