Mark Fathi Massoud
Principal Investigator, UC Santa Cruz
Mark Fathi Massoud is Professor of Politics and Director of Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He teaches courses and advises students in international law, human rights, comparative law, research methods, and the politics of law and religion. His first book, Law's Fragile State, examines how colonial officials, authoritarian regimes, and international lawyers reformed Sudan's legal systems to achieve their goals. His second book, Shari'a, Inshallah, investigates the endurance of Islamic law in Somali politics. Born in Sudan and raised in California, Massoud is a first-generation university graduate. He has received Guggenheim, Carnegie, Mellon, and ACLS fellowships, and he has held visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, Oxford, and McGill.
Kathleen M. Moore
Principal Investigator, UC Santa Barbara
Kathleen M. Moore is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Legal Humanities Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Moore teaches religious liberty, Islam in America, and Muslim diasporas and the law. Her publications appear in The Oxford Handbook of American Islam, The Cambridge Companion to American Islam and The Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West. Her books include The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain (Oxford University Press, 2010), Muslim Women in America: Challenges facing Islamic Identity Today (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Al-Mughtaribun: American Law and the Transformation of Muslim Life in America (SUNY Press, 1995).
Graduate Research Fellow, UC Riverside
Shahab Malik received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. His research concerns the complex ways shari’a is renegotiated among American Imams trained at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Shahab has traveled between Cairo and California researching the educational training of Imams in the context of culture, politics, economics and its effects on Islamic practice. Shahab has received the UC Riverside Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship and Distinguished Service Award.
Media Advisor, Journalist, Consultant
Maria Ebrahimji is a journalist, strategist, speaker, and independent consultant. As a former executive at CNN, she led teams for CNN’s special events, breaking news, and multi-platform programming. Maria has also produced live events. She is the co-editor of I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. She co-founded I Speak for Myself, Inc. (ISFM), a publisher of books on faith and culture. Maria serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Press Club and Community Guilds and as an advisor to Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, Tau Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. She is a member of the World Affairs Council, the Georgia Diversity Council, and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Collaborating International Scholar
Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and development. She has a BA in Sociology from Tehran University (1974) and a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge (1980). She is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London. She has held numerous research fellowships and visiting professorships, including a Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004-5), and Hauser Global Law Visiting Professor at New York University (2002-8). Dr. Mir-Hosseini is a founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.