Professor Mate’s academic research focuses on comparative constitutional law, comparative election law and democratic governance, and public law and politics in India and South Asia. Mate’s book project, The Rise of Judicial Power in India, traces the extraordinary activism of the Supreme Court of India and explores how the Court, driven by institutional and elite intellectual factors, has fundamentally reshaped constitutional law and governance in India. His other current research projects focus on the role of constitutional courts in protecting constitutionalism and regulating democracy; comparative election law; and the study of regulatory regimes dealing with access to information, transparency, and corruption.
Mate’s academic writings have been published or are forthcoming in Tulane Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, George Washington International Law Review, Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law, and in chapters in volumes published by Oxford University and Cambridge University Press.
His publications include “Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law,” in Tulane Law Review (forthcoming, 2017), “India’s Participatory Model: The Right to Information in Election Law” in The George Washington International Law Review (2016), “Globalization, Rights and Judicial Review in the Supreme Court of India” in the Washington International Law Journal (2016), “Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India” in Consequential Courts: New Judicial Roles in Comparative Perspective (Kapiszewski, Kagan, and Silverstein, Cambridge, 2013), and “State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine,” in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (2014).
Mate received his B.A. in Political Science, with Highest Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, and was the recipient of the Departmental Citation. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Mellon-Sawyer Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and a Research Fellow in Global Comparative Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.