Mounira M. Charrad

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Mounira M. Charrad is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is an award-winning author whose work focuses on political sociology, comparative history, gender politics and the Middle East. Her research has centered on state formation,[clarification needed] colonialism, law, citizenship, kinship and women's rights.

Early life an education[edit]

Charrad received an undergraduate degree from the Sorbonne[clarification needed] in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Her book States and Women's Rights (2001) considers strategies of state building in kin-based societies and how struggles over state power shaped the expansion or curtailment of women's rights.[1]

Charrad is currently[when?] 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), as for example in her articles "Gender in the Middle East: Islam, State, Agency" and "Central and Local Patrimonialism: State Building in Kin-Based Societies".[2]

Her work has been translated into French and Arabic, and featured on websites including the International Museum of Women[3] and in the media.

Charrad's 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.

At the University of Texas at Austin, 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; the The Center for Middle East Studies and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Middle East Studies.


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

The book is being translated into French, Arabic and Chinese.

Selected other publications[edit]

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  1. ^ Charrad, Mounira M. States and Women's Rights. University of California Press, 2001.
  2. ^ Charrad, Mounira M. Central and Local Patrimonialism: State Building in Kin-Based Societies. Annual Review of Sociology, 2011, Vol. 37: 417–437.
  3. ^ Charrad, Mounira Maya (undated). "Family Law in Morocco – A Brief History". International Museum of Women. Retrieved November 15, 2012.