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Mounira Charrad

Associate Professor Ph.D., Harvard

Mounira Charrad

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Biography

Mounira (Maya) Charrad received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. Her research has centered on state formation, colonialism, law, citizenship, kinship and women’s rights. More specifically, she has considered strategies of state building in kin-based societies and how struggles over state power shaped the expansion or curtailment of women's rights. She is currently studying conceptions of modernity in legal discourses in the Middle East. Challenging explanations of politics based on a textual approach to religion, she offers instead a focus on social solidarities and where they are grounded (kinship, ethnicity, or other).  Her work has been translated into French and Arabic, and featured on websites and in the media. Her research has been funded by several grants including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the American Institute of Maghribi Studies

Her book, States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco(University of California Press,2001)won the following awards:

  • Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, American Sociological Association.
  • Best Book on Politics and History Greenstone Award, American Political Science Association.
  • Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award. Outstanding Book in Political Sociology, American Sociological Association, Section on Political Sociology.
  • Outstanding Scholarly Book in Any Field Hamilton Award, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Best First Book in the Field of History Award, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, 2002.
  • Best Book in Sociology Komarosvky Award, Honorable Mention, Eastern Sociological Society, 2003.

Professor Charrad teaches courses on Comparative/Historical Methods; Political Sociology; Gender Politics in the Islamic World; The Veil:  History, Culture and Politics; Global Gender Inequality; and Gender and Development.

She is affiliated with the Center for European Studies; the Center for Middle East Studies; the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies; the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Middle East Studies.

Selected other publications:

Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire, Mounira M. Charrad and Julia P. Adams, eds., Special Issue of Political Power and Social Theory, forthcoming.

 “Sustained Reforms of Islamic Family Law: Tunisia under Authoritarian Regimes, 1950s to 2010,” Mounira M. Charrad and Hyun Jeong Ha in Family Law and Gender in the Modern Middle East,Adrien Wing and Hisham Kassim (eds.), New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

“Limits of Empire:  The French Colonial State and Local Patrimonialism.”  Mounira M. Charrad and Daniel Jaster, in Mounira M. Charrad and Julia Adams, eds., Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire, special issue of Political Power and Social Theory, forthcoming. 

“From Colonialism to the Arab Spring:  Gender, Religion and State,” Mounira M. Charrad and Amina Zarrugh in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Robert A. Scottand Stephen M. Kosslyn, eds, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, in press. 

“Equal or Complementary? Women in the New Tunisian Constitution after the Arab Spring,” Mounira M. Charrad and Amina Zarrugh, Journal of North African Studies 19 (2), 2014.

"The Arab Spring and Women's Rights in Tunisia." Mounira M. Charrad and Amina Zarrugh.  E-International Relations, sept.4, 2014 http://www.e-ir.info/2013/09/04/the-arab-spring-and-womens-rights-in-tunisia/

 “Central and Local Patrimonialism:  State Building in Kin-Based Societies” in Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds, Vol. 636 of The Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. New York, NY: Sage, 2011.

Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds, Vol. 636 of The Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. New York, NY: Sage, 2011.

“Gender in the Middle East: Islam, States, Agency,” Annual Review of Sociology. Vol 37. 2011.

 “Women’s Agency across Cultures:  Conceptualizing Strengths and Boundaries,” in Women’s Agency:  Silences and Voices, Special issue, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 33 (6), December 2010.

Guest Editor, Women’s Agency: Silences and Voices, Special issue, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 33 (6), December 2010.

“Kinship, Islam or Oil:  Culprits of Gender Inequality?” Politics and Gender (A Journal of the American Political Science Association). Vol. 5 (4), December 2009:  546-553.

“Tunisia at the Forefront of the Arab World:  Two Waves of Gender Legislation.”  Washington and Lee Law Review. Vol. 64 (4), Fall 2007:  1513-27 Revised and Reprinted in Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Agents of Changeedited by Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji.  New York: Routledge, 2010.

“Contexts, Concepts and Contentions:  Gender Legislation in the Middle East.”  Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World.  2007. Vol. 5 (1): 55-72.

“Unequal Citizenship:  Issues of Gender Justice in the Middle East and North Africa.”  In Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, ed.,Gender Justice, Citizenship and Development, Ottawa, Canada:  International Development Research Centre, 2007.

"Becoming a Citizen:  Lineage Versus Individual in Morocco and Tunisia." In Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East, Suad Joseph, ed.  Syracuse, NY:  Syracuse University Press, 2000, pp. 70-87.  

"Policy Shifts:  State, Islam and Gender in Tunisia, 1930s -- 1990s."  In Social Politics, Summer 1997, Vol. 4 (2):  284-319. Expanded as “Continuity or Change:  Family Law and Family Structure in Tunisia.” With Allyson Goeken. In African Families at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, ed. By Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi and Baffour K. Takyi, Westport, CT:  Praeger, 2006; Revised and reprinted as “Family Law and Ideological Debates in Postcolonial Tunisia.” in Yount, K.M.and H. Rashad (eds.). Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia: Routledge, 2008.

Interests

Gender & Women's Rights; Political Sociology; Social Theory; Colonialism; Comparative-Historical Sociology; Globalization; Middle East and North Africa.

Publications

Patrimonialism and Imperial Strategy, Mounira M. Charrad and Julia P. Adams, eds., Special Issue of Political Power and Social Theory, forthcoming.

 “Sustained Reforms of Islamic Family Law: Tunisia under Authoritarian Regimes, 1950s to 2010,” Mounira M. Charrad and Hyun Jeong Ha in Family Law and Gender in the Modern Middle East,Adrien Wing and Hisham Kassim (eds.), New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

"Patrimonialism, Past and Present:  An Introduction" Mounira M. Charrad and Julia P. Adams in Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds., Bol 636 of the Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.  New York, NY:  Sage.  July 2011.

“Central and Local Patrimonialism:  State Building in Kin-Based Societies” in Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds, Vol. 636 of The Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. New York, NY: Sage, forthcoming in 2011.

Patrimonial Power in the Modern World, Julia P. Adams and Mounira M. Charrad, eds, Vol. 636 of The Annals, The American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. New York, NY: Sage, forthcoming in 2011.

“Gender in the Middle East: Islam, States, Agency,” Annual Review of Sociology. Vol 37. Forthcoming 2011.

“Women’s Agency across Cultures:  Conceptualizing Strengths and Boundaries,” in Women’s Agency:  Silences and Voices, Special issue, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 33 (6), December 2010.

Guest Editor, Women’s Agency: Silences and Voices, Special issue, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 33 (6), December 2010.

“Kinship, Islam or Oil:  Culprits of Gender Inequality?” Politics and Gender (A Journal of the American Political Science Association). Vol. 5 (4), December 2009: 546-553.

“Tunisia at the Forefront of the Arab World:  Two Waves of Gender Legislation.”  Washington and Lee Law Review. Vol. 64 (4), Fall 2007:  1513-27 Revised and Reprinted in Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Agents of Change, edited by Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji.  New York: Routledge, 2010.

Charrad, M. (2007, September) Contexts, Concepts and Contentions: Gender Legislation in the Middle East. Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and the Islamic World, 5(1), 55-72.

Charrad, Mounira M. (2001) States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Charrad, M. M. (1997, June) Policy Shifts: State, Islam and Gender in Tunisia, 1930s -- 1990s. Social Politics, 4(2), 284-319. Expanded s "Continuity or Change:  Family Law and Family Structure in Tunisia." with Allyson Goeken. In African Families at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, ed.by Yaw Oheneba-Sakyi and Baffour K. Takyi. Westort, CT:  Praeger, 2006.  Revised and reprinted as "Family Law and Ideological Debates in Postcolonial Tunisia." in K.M. Yount and H. Rashad, eds. Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran and Tunisia: Routledge, 2008.

Charrad, M. & Pieper, C. (2008, December) The Sociology of Islam: ASA Session Brings Fresh Perspective. Newsletter of the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association, 9(2), 5-8.

Patrimonial States in Early Modern Europe and in the Contemporary Era: Similarities? Essay on the Familial State by J. Adams.  Poltiical Power and Social Theory.  2008. Vol 19: 243-251.

Charrad, M. (2007, September) Teaching Comparative and Historical Sociology: Challenges and New Directions. Trajectories, Newsletter of the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 19(1).

Charrad, M. (2007) Unequal Citizenship: Issues of Gender Justice in the Middle East and North Africa. In M. Mukhopadhyay (Ed.), Gender Justice, Citizenship and Development. Ottawa, Canada: International Development Research Centre.

Charrad, M. (2006, September) Waves of Comparative and Historical Sociology, Essay on Remaking Modernity. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 47(5), 351-358.

Charrad, M. & Goeken, A. (2006) Continuity or Change: Family Law and Family Structure in Tunisia. In Y. Oheneba-Sakyi & B.K. Takyi (Eds.), African Families at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Charrad, M. (2006, March) Rulers and Families, Review essay on The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. Comparative and Historical Sociology Section Newsletter 17(2).

Charrad, M. (2005, December) Broadening the Discourse: States in Kin-based Societies. Political Sociology: States, Power, and Societies, 12(1), 8-9.

Charrad, M. (2004, September) Code of Personal Status, Tunisia. Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, 4 vols. 2d ed., Philip Mattar ed., Macmillan Reference USA, 2230-2231.

Charrad, M. (2003, March) Why study Colonialism?. Comparative and Historical Sociology, 15(1), 18-21.

"State and Gender in the Maghrib." In Women and Power in the Middle East, Suad Joseph and Susan Slyomovics, eds., Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001, pp. 61-71. Revised and Updated.  Initially published In Middle East Report, March-April, 1990, pp. 19-24.

Charrad, M. (2000) Becoming a Citizen: Lineage Versus Individual in Morocco and Tunisia. In S. Joseph (Ed.), Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (pp.70-87). Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Charrad, M. (1999, June) Bringing in Tribe: Beyond a State/Class Paradigm. Comparative and Historical Sociology, 11(3), 1-3.

Charrad, M. (1998) Cultural Diversity Within Islam: Veils and Laws in Tunisia. In H. Bodman & N. Tohidi (Eds.), Women in Muslim Societies: Diversity Within Unity (pp.63-79). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

Charrad, M. (1996) Femmes, Culture et Societe. Casablanca, Morocco: Afrique Orient. Vol. 1.  Femmes, Culture et Famille.

Charrad, M. (1996) Femmes, Culture et Societe. Casablanca, Morocco: Afrique Orient. Vol. 2. Femmes, Pouvoir Politique et Developpement.

Charrad, M., Bourqia, R. & Gallagher, N. (1996) Femmes au Maghreb: Perspectives et Questions. In Femmes, Culture et Societe (pp.9-14). Casablanca, Morocco: Afrique Orient.

Charrad, M. (1995, November) Review of Gender and National Identity: Women and Politics in Muslim Societies. Contemporary Sociology 24(6).

Charrad, M. (1994) Repudiation versus Divorce: Responses to State Policy in Tunisia. In E. Chow & C. Berheide (Eds.), Women, the Family and Policy: A Global Perspective (pp.51-69). State University of New York Press.

Charrad, M. (1987, March) Review of Women and the Family in the Middle East: New Voices of Change. Contemporary Sociology 16(2).

Awards and Achievements

Selected professional and scholarly awards and achievements include:

Council Member (elected), Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2011-14.

Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology, 2011-present.

National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Fellowship for Research, Sept 2010-June 2011.

American Institute of Maghrebi Studies, Grant for Field Research in Tunisia, 2009- 2010.

Advisor, Survey of Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Freedom House, New York, 2009 and 2004.

Distinguished Service to the Tunisian American Community Ibn Khaldun Award, 2005.  In recognition of “bringing a better understanding of Tunisian society, history, and culture to American universities, students, and educated public.”

Associate Editor, Editorial Board, Sociological Theory, 2006-Present.

Editorial Board, Politics and Gender, 2007-present

International Selection Committee, Middle East Research Competition, Ford Foundation, 2006-08.

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 2004-present.

Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, American Sociological Association. 2004.

Best Book on Politics and History Greenstone Award, American Political Science Association. 2003.

Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award. Outstanding Book in Political Sociology, American Sociological Association, Section on Political Sociology.

Outstanding Scholarly Book in Any Field Hamilton Award, University of Texas at Austin. 2002.

Best First Book in the Field of History Award, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, 2002.

Best Book in Sociology Komarosvky Award, Honorable Mention, Eastern Sociological Society, 2003.

American Sociological Association-National Science Foundation Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Grant, 2004.

Best Book in Sociology Komarosvky Award, Honorable Mention, Eastern Sociological Society, 2003.

Council Member (elected), Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association, December 1999-2003.

Board of Directors, American Institute of Maghribi Studies, 1999- 2003.                                        

Chair (elected), Faculty Advisory Committee (Editorial Board), University of Texas Press, 2006-07.

Honorary Member, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, 2002 – present.

International Advisory Board Member, Journal of North African Studies, 1997-present.

 

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