Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Mark Massoud

April 24, 2015

By Sheldon Kamieniecki, Dean of Social Sciences 

Mark Fathi Massoud, Assistant Professor, Politics and Legal Studies
Dear Social Sciences Friends and Colleagues, 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Professor Mark Fathi Massoud in the Department of Politics (pictured right) has been awarded a highly prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

Professor Massoud received a J.D. in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy in 2008, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the institutionalization of law and human  rights in conflict settings and authoritarian states. More specifically, he studies development and legal orders in war torn states (Sudan and Somalia). His award winning book, Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan was recently published by Cambridge University Press. In addition, Professor Massoud's articles have appeared in top tier journals.

Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, in memory of seventeen-year-old John Simon Guggenheim, the elder of their two sons, who died April 26, 1922, the Foundation has sought from its inception to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding,” as the Senator explained in his initial Letter of Gift (March 26, 1925). Often characterized as “mid career” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for those who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Massoud for this outstanding achievement.

Sheldon Kamieniecki

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