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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 research interests include Islamic law and politics, Islamic banking and finance, and South Asian law and society. His dissertation recently won the 2016 Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics by the American Political Science Association. His articles and book chapters have been published in Law & Social Inquiry, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Contemporary Islamic Finance (ed. Hunt-Ahmed, Wiley & Sons, 2013), and Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony (eds. Halliday, Karpik & Feeley, Cambridge University Press, 2012).


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


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

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

Dissertation Abstract:

Defining Sharīʿa: The Politics of Islamic Judicial Review