Associate Professor of Law
Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, Whittier College
Ph.D., Political Science, University of California Berkeley
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 224
Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and served as the Law School’s Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law from 2012 to 2016. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he is teaching Constitutional Law. Professor Mate teaches in the areas of international law, comparative law, constitutional law, and election law. As CICL Director, Mate played a key role in directing and administering the International and Comparative Law certificate program, and the Center’s fellowships program.
Professor Mate’s research and scholarship focus on comparative constitutional law, public law in India and South Asia, and comparative election law. Professor Mate’s academic articles and writings have been published or are forthcoming in Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, George Washington International Law Review, Boston University International Law Journal, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, the Journal of Human Rights, Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and in book volumes by Cambridge and Oxford University Press.
An expert on law in India and South Asia, and Indian politics, Mate is completing a book manuscript that traces the rise of judicial activism in the Supreme Court of India, from the post-Emergency (1975-1977) to the present. His other projects focus on the role of courts in policing and regulating democracy; comparative election law and electoral reform; and globalization and judicial review. He is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and is Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.
Professor Mate previously served as a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at Berkeley Law School and as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley. Prior to joining the academy, Mate also practiced in the area of commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and also served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Mate received his B.A. in Political Science (with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the Departmental Citation in Political Science, awarded to the top student in the department’s graduating class. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.