Mounira M. Charrad, Ph.D., is a nonresident fellow with the Women's Rights in the Middle East Program and associate professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. A comparative historical sociologist, she has published on a wide range of topics including state formation, law, citizenship, kinship, gender and Islam. Her current research considers secularism and women’s activism following the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamist power in Tunisia. Charrad has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Association of University Women and the American Institute of Maghribi Studies. She has served on the Council of the Comparative Historical Section of the American Sociological Association, the board of directors of the American Institute of Maghribi Studies, the executive board of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies, and on several editorial boards and book award committees.
Her book “States and Women’s Rights: The Making of Postcolonial Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco” (2001) won several awards, including the Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association and the Greenstone Prize for the best book on history and politics from the American Political Science Association. The book examines strategies of state building in kin-based societies and how struggles over state power shaped the expansion or curtailment of women’s rights. Charrad also edited “Women’s Agency: Silences and Voices” (2010) and co-edited “Patrimonial Power in the Modern World” (2011) and “Femmes, Culture et Societe au Maghreb” (1996). She is currently co-editing “Imperial Rule: Patrimonial and Global” with Julia Adams. Charrad received her undergraduate degree from the Sorbonne in Paris and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.