Manoj Mate is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in the East Asian Legal Studies program for the 2017-2018 year. Prior to joining EALS, Mate taught as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he taught Constitutional Law, and The Supreme Court and Public Policy, and a Professor of Law and Political Science (by courtesy) at Whittier College School of Law. Mate's interdisciplinary research and scholarship focuses on U.S. constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and public law in South Asia.
His current research centers on comparative constitutional law and variation in the institutional roles played by constitutional courts in rights and governance; comparative election law and democratic governance; equality in U.S. constitutional law; and international trade law, energy, and development in South Asia. Mate's book project, The Rise of Judicial Power in India, traces how institutional and political-intellectual factors motivated and shaped judicial activism in the Supreme Court of India in the post-Emergency era.
His academic writings have been published or are forthcoming in journals including Tulane Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, George Washington International Law Review, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, the Journal of Human Rights, and in peer reviewed chapters in volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Mate has presented his research at law schools and universities across the U.S., including Harvard Law School, Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, UCLA School of Law, USC Gould School of Law, U.C. Irvine School of Law, and Boston College. Mate currently serves as Chair of the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and the Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.
Mate received his B.A. in Political Science, with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and was the recipient of the Departmental Citation. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Mate was a Mellon-Sawyer Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society for the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, The Dilemmas of Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective, and later served as a Research Fellow in Global Comparative Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he taught a course on Law in India. Previously, Mate practiced in the area of commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.