Professor Clark Lombardi Selected as a 2006 Carnegie Scholar

Clark LombardiThe Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that UW School of Law Assistant Professor Clark Lombardi has been chosen as a 2006 Carnegie Scholar. Lombardi is one of twenty U.S. scholars who will receive a grant of up to $100,000 to pursue specific Islam-centered research over the next two years.

Lombardi's Carnegie research, "Muslim Judges as a New Voice in Islamic Discourse," will examine the way contemporary judges in the Muslim world interpret Islamic law and explore their interpretation of Islamic legal texts.

"By studying the way judges write about Islamic law and shape public attitudes, I hope to add insight into the ongoing evolution of legal and political thought in the Muslim world," said Lombardi.

Lombardi joined the UW School of Law in 2004. He works in the areas of Islamic law, constitutional law, comparative constitutional law and development law. His current research interests include the constitutional treatment of religion in U.S., and the constitutionalization of Islamic law in contemporary Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Professor Lombardi received his master's degree in Religion from Columbia University. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1998, where he was a James Kent Scholar and editor in chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. From 1999-2000, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who at the time was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2001, he received a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University focusing on religious legal systems, specifically Islamic legal systems and the role of Shari`a in contemporary Muslim states.

Over the course of his scholarly and professional career, Professor Lombardi has worked and studied in numerous countries in the Muslim world, including Indonesia, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has advised on legal reform and constitutional development in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Affiliated with the law school's Asian Law Center, he is active in the center's Afghan Legal Educators Project, which is funded by a grant from U.S. Department of State and is working with Afghan partners to build capacity in legal education in Afghanistan.

The goal of the Carnegie Corporation's new emphasis on Islam research is to encourage the development and expansion of the study of Islam within the U.S. The 2006 class of Carnegie Scholars reflects a diversity of professional, ethnic and geographical backgrounds. Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding."