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Mounira M Charrad

Mounira Charrad
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Phone: 512-232-6311; 512-471-1122

Mounira M. Charrad is the award-winning author of "States and Women's Rights: The Making of Postocolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco" (University of California Press, 2001). The book won the 2002 Distinguished Book Award in Political Sociology from the American Sociological Association, and the 2002 Hamilton Award for best book in any field from the University of Texas. Focusing on the broad theme of how politics shape the interpretation of culture, her publications in French and in English have addressed issues of state formation, culture, women's rights, Islamic law, and citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa. She serves on the boards of the Institute of Maghribi Studies and the Association of Middle East Women's Studies, and has held faculty appointments at Harvard, Brown and the University of California, San Diego. She received her undergraduate education from the Sorbonne in Paris and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Gender; Womens Rights; Islam and Family Law; States and Citizenship; Middle East; North Africa; political sociology; development; and comparative historical methodology