Mark Fathi Massoud

Associate Professor, Politics and Legal Studies

Home Institution, UC Santa Cruz

LAPA Fellow, 2015-2016

LAPA Fellow

 411 Robertson Hall

 Curriculum Vitae



Mark Fathi Massoud is a 2015-2016 Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University. His research focuses on law in conflict settings and authoritarian states, and on Islamic law and society. Massoud's first book, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge University Press), refutes the conventional wisdom of a legal vacuum in war-afflicted regions. Based on extensive fieldwork in Sudan, the book traces how colonial administrators, post-colonial governments, and the international aid community have promoted the rule of law to build stability amid political violence and civil war. The book received the Herbert Jacob Prize from the Law and Society Association and Honorable Mention for the C. Herman Pritchett Prize from the American Political Science Association. Massoud has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 2009. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.