Mounira M. Charrad

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Mounira M. Charrad
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Paris
Scientific career
Fields Sociology
Institutions University of Texas at Austin
Doctoral students Chauntelle Tibbals

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, colonialism, law, citizenship, kinship and women's rights.[1]

Early life an education[edit]

Charrad received an undergraduate degree from the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.[2]


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.[3]

Charrad studies 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".[4]

Her work has been translated into French and Arabic, and featured on websites including the International Museum of Women[5] 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; 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]

Expanded as: Charrad, Mounira M.; Goeken, Allyson (2006), "Continuity or change: family law and family structure in Tunisia", in Oheneba-Sakyi, Yaw; Takyi, Baffour K., African families at the turn of the twenty-first century, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, ISBN 9780275972745. 
Revised and reprinted as: Charrad, Mounira M. (2008), "From nationalism to feminism: family law in Tunisia", in Yount, Kathryn M.; Rashad, Hoda, Family in the Middle East: Ideational change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia, Oxford New York: Routledge, pp. 111–136, ISBN 9780415613415. 
Revised and reprinted in Sadiqi, Fatima; Ennaji, Moha (2010). Women in the Middle East and North Africa: agents of change. Oxford New York: Routledge. pp. 105–113. ISBN 9780415573214. 
Including: Charrad, Mounira M. (November–December 2010). "Women's agency across cultures: Conceptualizing strengths and boundaries". Women's Studies International Forum, special issue: Women's Agency: Silences and Voices. ScienceDirect. 33 (6): 517–522. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2010.09.004. 
Including: Charrad, Mounira M.; Adams, Julia (July 2011). "Introduction: patrimonialism, past and present". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, special issue: Patrimonial Power in the Modern World. Sage. 636 (1): 6–15. doi:10.1177/0002716211402286. 
Including: Charrad, Mounira M. (July 2011). "Central and local patrimonialism: State-building in kin-based societies". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, special issue: Patrimonial Power in the Modern World. Sage. 636 (1): 49–68. doi:10.1177/0002716211401825. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mounira M. Charrad". Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  2. ^ "UT College of Liberal Arts:". Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  3. ^ Charrad, Mounira M. States and Women's Rights. University of California Press, 2001.
  4. ^ Charrad, Mounira M. Central and Local Patrimonialism: State Building in Kin-Based Societies. Annual Review of Sociology, 2011, Vol. 37: 417–437.
  5. ^ Charrad, Mounira Maya (undated). "Family Law in Morocco – A Brief History" Archived 2012-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.. International Museum of Women. Retrieved November 15, 2012.

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