Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, Whittier College.  Professor Mate teaches in the areas of constitutional law, international and comparative law, and election law. His research and expertise center on comparative constitutional law, U.S. constitutional law, election law, law and society, and public law in India and South Asia from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Mate’s book project explores how the elite institutional context of courts has shaped activism and assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India in rights and governance decisions.  His other current and future projects focus on the role of courts in policing and regulating democracy; globalization and judicial review of economic and development policies; and comparative election law.

His current and forthcoming publications include book chapters in edited volumes in Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and articles in Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law (invited), Washington International Law Journal (invited), and the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Rights. 

Mate currently serves as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and on the Executive Board of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to teaching, Mate practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and election law, and also worked for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Law and Social Policy .