Manoj Mate is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School. Mate's research expertise centers on constitutional law and public poilcy, election law, international trade law, and law in India. Mate previously taught law as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley, School of Law, and as a Professor of Law and Political Science at Whittier College School of Law.
For nearly 15 years, Mate has served as a legal and policy advisor advancing global constitutional and policy reforms in the government, academic, and corporate sectors. Prior to becoming a law professor, Mate served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro for energy, sustainability, and health policy. In this role, he advised the Mayor on and developed renewable energy, sustinability and green jobs policies, and lead the creation of San Antonio’s first Mayor’s Fitness Council. In line with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, he developed nationally recognized health policies, and consulted on the development of an interactive website and media campaign as part of a $15.6 million ARRA/CPPW federal grant from the Obama Administration to address obesity in San Antonio. Prior to his work in San Antonio, Mate practiced litigation and election law in California, and was a Researcher for the 2006 Voting Rights Reauthorization Initiative at the Chief Justice Warren Institute for Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
His academic writings have been published in journals including Tulane Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, George Washington International Law Review, and the Journal of Human Rights, and in peer reviewed chapters in volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Mate currently serves as Chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Comparative Law.
Mate received his B.A. in Political Science, with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley and received the Departmental Citation. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Mellon-Sawyer Fellow, and Research Fellow in Global Comparative Law.