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
Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Election Law / Law of Democracy, Law in India, Politics of India and South Asia
Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Mate teaches in the areas of constitutional law, international law, comparative law, and election law. His research and scholarship focus on comparative constitutional law, election law, judicial politics, and public law in South Asia. Professor Mate’s academic articles and writings have appeared or are forthcoming in journals published by Columbia, Berkeley, George Washington University, Boston University International Law Journal, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, the Journal of Human Rights, and in book volumes by Cambridge and Oxford University Press.
Mate is currently completing a book manuscript that traces how the elite institutional context influences and shapes activism and assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India in the domains of rights and governance. His other current and future projects focus on the role of courts in policing and regulating democracy; globalization and judicial review; and comparative election law and electoral reform. He is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and is a member of the executive board of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.
Prior to joining Whittier, Professor Mate 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, and also practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Mate received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. 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.