Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Whittier College.  Professor Mate teaches in the areas of  constitutional law, international and comparative law,  and election law. Mate’s research and scholarship focus on comparative constitutional law, judicial politics, law in India and South Asia, Indian constitutional law, law and globalization, and comparative election law  and theory.  His current research projects explore how the elite institutional context of courts shapes and influences judicial activism and assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India; the role of constitutional courts in policing and regulating democracy;  globalization and judicial review of economic and development policies; comparative study of free speech regimes; and comparative election law and political theory.

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, The George Washington International Law Review, Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law (invited), Boston University International Law Journal, Washington International Law Journal (invited), and the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Rights. 

Prior to joining Whittier, Professor Mate served as a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley.  Prior to entering the legal academy, Mate practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and also worked on voting rights and immigration policy for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at Berkeley. Mate currently serves as Chair-Elect 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. Mate received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Mate  received his B.A. in Political Science (with highest honors) from the University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the Departmental Citation in Political Science, awarded to the top student in the graduating class.