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Mark Fathi Massoud

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

Mark Fathi Massoud is Professor of Politics and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before joining the UC Santa Cruz 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 held Guggenheim, Carnegie, ACLS, and Mellon New Directions fellowships. He was 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. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association and the Advisory Council of the National Science Foundation Law & Science Dissertation Grant program.

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. He is the author of Shari‘a, Inshallah (Cambridge University Press 2021) and Law's Fragile State (Cambridge University Press 2013). Born in Sudan and raised in California, Massoud holds a JD and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Massoud's CV and publications may be found at


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


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