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Shoaib Ghias


Year: Doctorate in JSP


Shoaib A. Ghias holds a JD and a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, "Defining Shariʿa: The Politics of Islamic Judicial Review," won the 2016 Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation on Religion and Politics from the American Political Science Association. Previously, his work has received honorable mention for the 2015 Colin B. Picker Paper Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law, and won the 2009 Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Prize from the American Bar Foundation. His articles and book chapters have been published in Law & Social Inquiry, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Contemporary Islamic Finance (ed. Hunt-Ahmed, Wiley, 2013), and Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony (eds. Halliday, Karpik & Feeley, Cambridge, 2012).


PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley Law, 2015
JD, UC Berkeley Law, 2012
MS, Computer Science, Wayne State University, 2006
BS, Computer Science & Political Science, Wayne State University, 2003


Comparative Law and Politics
Islamic Law and Society
South Asia
Middle East
Islamic Finance
Corporate Finance


2016 Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award in Religion & Politics, American Political Science Association
2015 Colin B. Picker Paper Prize, American Society of Comparative Law, Honorable Mention
2009 Graduate Student Paper Prize, Law & Social Inquiry, American Bar Foundation

Academic Experiences:

Teaching Fellow, Government, Harvard University, 2006-07
Graduate Student Instructor, Legal Studies, UC Berkeley, 2005-06 & 2007-09

Employment Experiences:

Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP, 2013-present

Website: https://berkeley.academia.edu/ShoaibGhias