Middle East Studies Association of North America
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|Dina Rizk Khoury|
Middle East Studies Association (often referred to as MESA) is a learned society, and according to its website, "a non-profit association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples through programs, publications and services that enhance education, further intellectual exchange, recognize professional distinction, and defend academic freedom."
MESA was founded in 1966 with 51 original members. Its current membership exceeds 2,700 and it "serves as an umbrella organization for more than fifty institutional members and thirty-six affiliated organizations". It is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Council of Area Studies Associations, and a member of the National Humanities Alliance.
Regions of interest to MESA members include Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab world from the seventh century to modern times. Spain, Southeastern Europe, the Soviet Union and other regions also are included for the periods in which their territories were part of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization. Historians comprise the largest group of disciplinary specialists in MESA followed by political science/international relations, anthropology, and language and literature.
The International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) is a quarterly journal published by Cambridge University Press under the auspices of MESA. The editor is Joel Gordon of University of Arkansas.
The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is MESA’s journal of review. MESA policy has established the focus of RoMES as the state of the craft in all fields of Middle East studies. The Editor is Heather Ferguson and the journal is based at Claremont McKenna College.
MESA has a very active Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) that has two wings: CAFMENA (Middle East and North Africa, established in 1990) and CAFNA (North America, established in 2005). Through CAF, MESA monitors infringements on academic freedom on the Middle East and North Africa worldwide.
Each year CAF nominates candidates for MESA’s Academic Freedom Award. The winners are confirmed by the Board of Directors.
In 2007 Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami started Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa as a rival to MESA, as they saw MESA as "dominated by academics who have been critical of Israel and of America's role in the Middle East."
Albert Hourani Book Award
Since 1991 MESA has awarded the Albert Hourani Book Award to recognize "the very best in Middle East studies scholarship". The prize is named after Albert Hourani, "to recognize his long and distinguished career as teacher and mentor".
Malcolm Kerr Award
The MESA Dissertation Awards were established in 1982 to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing for/of dissertations in Middle East studies. In 1984 the award was named for Malcolm H. Kerr to honor his significant contributions to Middle East studies. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences and Humanities.
MESA Mentoring Award
Since 1996 the MESA Mentoring Award has recognized exceptional contributions retired faculty have made to the education and training of others.
Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
Since 1997 Jere L. Bacharach Service Award has recognized the contributions of individuals through their outstanding service to MESA or the profession. Service is defined broadly to include work in diverse areas, including but not limited to outreach, librarianship, and film.
|1997||Ellen-Fairbanks D. Bodman||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|1998||Richard L. Chambers||University of Chicago|
|1999||George N. Atiyeh||Library of Congress|
|2000||Louisa Moffitt||Marist School|
|2001||Elizabeth W. Fernea||University of Texas at Austin|
|2002||Jeanne Jeffers Mrad||Center for Maghrib Studies in Tunisia|
|2004||Jere L. Bacharach||University of Washington|
|2005||Ernest N. McCarus||University of Michigan|
|2006||Howard A. Reed||University of Connecticut|
|2008||Fred McGraw Donner||University of Chicago|
|2009||Mary Ellen Lane||Council of American Overseas Research Centers|
|2010||McGuire Gibson||University of Chicago|
|2011||Bruce Craig||University of Chicago|
|2012||Erika H. Gilson||Princeton University|
|2014||Günter Meyer||University of Mainz|
|2015||Virginia H. Aksan||McMaster University|
The following persons have been presidents of the association:
- 2018-19 Judith E. Tucker
- 2016–17 Beth Baron
- 2014–15 Nathan Brown
- 2013 Peter Sluglett
- 2012 Fred Donner
- 2011 Suad Joseph
- 2010 Roger M.A. Allen
- 2009 Virginia Aksan
- 2008 Mervat Hatem
- 2007 Zachary Lockman
- 2006 Juan Cole
- 2005 Ali Banuazizi
- 2004 Laurie Brand
- 2003 Lisa Anderson
- 2002 Joel Beinin
- 2001 R. Stephen Humphreys
- 2000 Jere L. Bacharach
- 1999 Barbara Stowasser
- 1998 Philip S. Khoury
- 1997 Leila Fawaz
- 1996 Farhad Kazemi
- 1995 Ann M. Lesch
- 1994 Rashid I. Khalidi
- 1993 John O. Voll
- 1992 Barbara Aswad
- 1991 Dale F. Eickelman
- 1990 Yvonne Y. Haddad
- 1989 John L. Esposito
- 1988 William B. Quandt
- 1987 Michael C. Hudson
- 1986 Elizabeth W. Fernea
- 1985 Kemal Karpat
- 1984 Ira M. Lapidus
- 1983 Richard T. Antoun
- 1982 I. William Zartman
- 1981 Nikki R. Keddie
- 1980 Farhat Ziadeh
- 1979 Afaf Lutfi al‐Sayyid Marsot
- 1978 Wilfred Cantwell Smith
- 1977 George Makdisi
- 1976 L. Carl Brown
- 1975 Roderic H. Davison
- 1974 Leonard Binder
- 1973 Charles Issawi
- 1972 Malcolm H. Kerr
- 1971 John S. Badeau
- 1970 William M. Brinner
- 1969 R. Bayly Winder
- 1968 George Hourani
- 1967 Morroe Berger
- 1966 G.E. von Grunebaum (Honorary)
- "MESA Board of Directors". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
- "Middle East Studies Association". Retrieved 2014-12-02.
- Anne Betteridge, ACLS Occasional Paper 28, 1993 http://archives.acls.org/op/op28betteridge.htm
- "MESA Board of Directors". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
- "IJMES CUP". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
- "IJMES UARK". Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- "RoMES CUP". Retrieved December 4, 2019.
- "Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF)". arizona.edu. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
- Group Formed To Improve Middle East Scholarship, Annie Karni, New York Sun, November 8, 2007
- The Electronic Intifada, 20 November 2007: New Middle East scholars group seen as close to White House Retrieved 2012-09-22
- Albert Hourani Book Award
- Previous Boards