Manoj Mate is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School's East Asian Legal Studies program. His interdisciplinary research centers on U.S. and comparative constitutional law, comparative election law, international trade law, and public law and judicial politics in South Asia. Mate previously taught as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley, School of Law, and as Professor of Law (with tenure) and Political Science at Whittier College School of Law. His current research projects focus on comparative judicial politics, international trade law and development, constitutional erosion and challenges to secular constitutionalism, and the study of comparative electoral speech regimes.
His publications include Constitutional Erosion and the Challenge to Secular Democracy in India, in Mark Graber, Sanford Levinson, and Mark Tushnet, eds., CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACIES IN CRISIS? (forthcoming, Oxford, 2018), Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law, 92 TULANE LAW REVIEW (2017) (forthcoming), Globalization, Rights and Judicial Review in the Supreme Court of India, 25 WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 643 (2016) (invited, Symposium on Asian Courts and Constitutional Politics in the 21st Century), State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine, 45 COLUMBIA HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW 441 (2014), and Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India, in CONSEQUENTIAL COURTS: NEW JUDICIAL ROLES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE (2013).
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 and on the executive board of the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies.
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 worked on the development of renewable energy, sustinability, green jobs and health policies. Mate previously practiced commercial 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.
He 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.