Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Whittier College, and is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law. Professor Mate served as the Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier from 2012 to 2016.
His research interests focus on comparative constitutional law and theory, election law, law and society, and public law in South Asia. Mate’s book manuscript traces the rise of judicial activism in India and explores how the elite institutional context of courts influenced the Supreme Court of India’s activism and assertiveness in basic structure, rights, and governance cases. His other current research projects focus on the role of courts in protecting constitutionalism and regulating democracy; globalization and judicial review; and comparative election law.
Mate currently serves as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and is the Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Comparative Law. Mate received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the Departmental Citation, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to teaching, Mate practiced in the area of commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, and later worked for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Law and Social Policy. He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, working on the development and implementation of policies and programs in the area of energy, sustainability and green jobs, and health policy. He previously was 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.