Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Whittier College. In Spring 2017, Mate will be a Visiting Professor of Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. His research and teaching interests focus on comparative constitutional law, election law, law and society, and public law in South Asia. Mate is completing a book manuscript that traces how the institutional and elite intellectual context motivated and shaped the Supreme Court of India’s activism and assertiveness in the post-Emergency era. His other projects focus on the role of courts in protecting constitutionalism and regulating democracy; globalization and judicial review of economic and development policies; and comparative election law and voting rights.
His publications include chapters in edited volumes in Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and articles in law journals published by Columbia, Berkeley, George Washington University, and the University of Washington. 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 previous served as as a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, and a Mellon Sawyer Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley. Prior to teaching, Mate practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers, and with an election law firm in San Francisco, and also worked for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Law and Social Policy at Berkeley. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the Departmental Citation. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.