Mark Fathi Massoud
Principal Investigator, UC Santa Cruz
Mark Fathi Massoud is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Legal Studies Program 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: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge University Press), received prizes from the Law and Society Association and American Political Science Association. Massoud has been awarded Guggenheim, Carnegie, ACLS, and Mellon New Directions fellowships. He has been a visiting fellow of Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Nuffield College, Oxford University.
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 courses on 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 is an Anthropology doctoral candidate at the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation research concerns the complex ways shari’a is renegotiated among American Imams trained at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Over the last four years Shahab has travelled 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 Chancellors Distinguished Fellowship, the UCR Distinguished Service Award, and is the Graduate Research Fellow with “Shari’a Revoiced,” a project of the UC Humanities Research Institute.
Media Advisor, Journalist, Consultant
Maria Ebrahimji is a journalist, strategist, speaker, and independent consultant passionate about storytelling and talent development. As a former executive at CNN, she led a team in guest coverage, newsgathering, and story planning for CNN’s special events, breaking news, and multi-platform programming. Maria has produced live events with luminaries and newsmakers – during breaking news and in the backdrop of major global events.
Maria is the Co-Editor of I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim (White Cloud Press, 2011). In 2012, Maria co-founded I Speak for Myself, Inc. (ISFM), a book publishing enterprise that produces narrative collections focused on faith and culture. To date, ISFM has published six volumes in the series.
Maria currently 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. You will always find her at the intersection of people and ideas…or on a yoga mat!
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.