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

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow - Class of Spring 2024

Mark Fathi Massoud is Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs the Legal Studies Program. He also holds an appointment as Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law. He received his BA and MA from the University of Notre Dame, and JD and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Massoud’s book Shari‘a, Inshallah: Finding God in Somali Legal Politics (Cambridge, 2021) received the Ralph J. Bunche Award for best book in ethnic and cultural pluralism from the American Political Science Association, among other honors; he is also the author of Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge, 2013), winner of the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association, and co-editor (with L. J. Chua) of Out of Place: Fieldwork and Positionality in Law and Society (Cambridge, 2024). Massoud’s scholarly articles have appeared in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, American Journal of Comparative Law, the Journal of Law and Society, and Internationale Politik Quarterly. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

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