MESA - Middle East Studies Association

2017 Nominating Committee Election

We encourage all Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) to cast their vote for the 2017 Nominating Committee.

Eligibility: Only Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) are eligible to vote. Associate members are not eligible.

Deadline: to be counted, all ballots—electronic and by post—must be in the office of the Secretariat by no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017 AT 11:59 P.M. MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME.  

Instructions: Review the candidate biographies (below). You may cast your vote electronically below. You may vote for no more than five candidates among the fellows and one candidate among the students, and you may not vote for a candidate more than once! The five fellows receiving the largest number of votes and the one student receiving the largest number of votes will serve on the committee. If you would prefer a ballot be mailed to you, please request one from Sara Palmer at


Holger Albrecht

Dr. rer. soz., University of Tübingen, Germany. Associate Professor, Political Science, American University in Cairo, and Visiting Associate Professor, University of Alabama; past research fellow, Georgetown University, the United States Institute of Peace, and Harvard University. His research interest is on the role of the military in politics and state-society relations in authoritarian regimes. Author of numerous journal articles; book publications include Raging Against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt (Syracuse University Press, 2013), Contentious Politics in the Middle East (University Press of Florida, 2010), and Armies and Insurgencies in the Arab Spring (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).


Hanadi Al-Samman

Associate professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Virginia. Past Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement and Mellon Humanities Fellow. Her research focuses on contemporary Arabic literature, diaspora and sexuality studies, as well as transnational and Islamic feminism(s). She published several articles in Journal of Arabic Literature, Women's Studies International Forum, Alif, and various edited collections. She is the co-editor of an International Journal of Middle East Studies’ special issue “Queer Affects,” The Beloved in Middle Eastern Literature, and author of Anxiety of Erasure: Trauma, Authorship, and the Diaspora in Arab Women’s Writings.


Ceren Belge
Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University. PhD, University of Washington, Political Science. During 2008-2010, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include state-minority relations, law and society, the politics of everyday life, and gender relations. Her dissertation, titled “Whose Law?: Clans, Honor Killings, and State-Minority Relations in Turkey and Israel,” received the best dissertation awards of the Law and Society Association and Israel Studies Association. She teaches courses on state-society relations in the Middle East, comparative politics, and ethnic conflict.


Rosie Bsheer
Assistant Professor of History at Yale University, received her PhD (2014) and MA (2006) from Columbia University. Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Swarthmore College, 2013-2014. She is currently working on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled, Archive Wars: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia. Bsheer is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya E-zine, The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012), and Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula (Tadween Publishing, 2013), and is the Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film on Iraq, My Country, My Country.


Samera Esmeir

Associate professor, Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley; affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Critical Theory, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Visiting Professor at Birzeit University, 2009-2010. Publications include Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012) and articles and book chapters on colonial law, war and revolution, memory and history, and human rights. Member of the editorial boards of Journal of Palestine Studies, Representations, and Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development. Served on the editorial board of Middle East Report.


Waleed Hazbun

Associate Professor of International Politics at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley (2017). PhD, MIT (Political Science), 2002. Publications: Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World (Minnesota, 2008), published in Geopolitics, Third World Quarterly, Middle East Policy, Arab Studies Journal, Peace & Change, Tourist Studies, Middle East Report plus other journals & edited collections. Taught at Johns Hopkins University (2002-2010), served on editorial board of Middle East Report, Journal of Tourism History, and as Director of AUB’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (2011-2016).



Dwight Reynolds

Professor, Arabic Language & Literature, Department of Religious Studies, UCSB.  BA UCLA 1982, CASA I 1980-81, CASA II 1982-83,  Harvard Society of Fellows 1986-1990, PhD U of Pennsylvania, 1991. Author of Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes (1995), Arab Folklore (2007), co-author & editor Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition (2001) & Cambridge Companion Modern Arab Culture (2015), plus 80 other publications. Visiting Professor, Free University Berlin, 2012; Bayard Cleveland Dodge Distinguished Visiting Professor, AUC, 2014. Past service: Director, Center for Middle East Studies, UCSB (13 years); Chair, Malcom Kerr Dissertation Prize Committee, 1992; CASA Board of Directors, 2015-


Walid A. Saleh

Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies. He is a specialist on the Qur’an and the history of its interpretations. He is the author of two books, The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition (2004) and In Defense of the Bible (2008). He co-edited Islamic Studies Today: Essays in Honor of Andrew Rippin (2016). Other publications include: Ibn Taymiyya and the Rise of Radical Hermeneutics. He has published articles in JAOS, Speculum, Numen, Journal of Qur’anic Studies, and Oriens. He is the editor of the Routledge Qur’anic Studies Series.  


Joshua Stacher

Associate Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. He studied at Washington and Jefferson College, and the American University in Cairo before receiving his PhD from the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews in 2007. Joshua Stacher’s publications include his book on the authoritarian regimes in Egypt and Syria: Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria, Stanford University Press, 2012. He has also published many pieces since 2005 in Middle East Report, where he is a member of the Editorial Committee. Stacher is also a member of MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom.


Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate Professor and Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History, University of Houston. Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London. DPhil., St Antony’s College, Oxford; MA, York University, Toronto; BA, University of Toronto. Academic Visitor in Modern History, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2015. Author of Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, Oxford University Press, 2013 and 2016. Co-editor of The Palestinian Revolution digital humanities project. Articles and book chapters on Arab revolutions, coups, and radical intellectual traditions. Founding editorial board member of the Radical Histories of the Middle East books series, Oneworld. 


Daniel Martin Varisco
Research Professor, Qatar University; PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1982, Anthropology; President, American Institute for Yemeni Studies; Past President Middle East Section of the AAA; Editor of CyberOrient and past editor of Contemporary Islam; books include Reading Orientalism, Islam Obscured, Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science; over 35 articles published on Middle East anthropology, Islamic astronomy and agriculture, Rasulid Yemen, tribalism, Islamism, culture theory, ethnographic fieldwork; research grants from Fulbright, ARCE, NEH and Qatar Foundation; member of Middle East Medievalists, TAARII and AGAPS. 


Killian Clarke
PhD Candidate in Politics at Princeton University, degree expected 2019. MA in Near East Studies from New York University, 2012; BA from Harvard University, 2009. Publications include: “Unexpected Brokers of Mobilization: Contingency and Networks in the 2011 Egyptian Uprising,” Comparative Politics (2014), “Saying ‘Enough’: Authoritarianism and Egypt’s Kefaya Movement,” Mobilization (2011); and, with Gozde Guran, “Mobilizing in Exile: Syrian Associational Life in Turkey and Lebanon,” Middle East Report (2016). Other relevant activities: Editorial Assistant for World Politics, Coordinator of Princeton’s Qualitative Research Colloquium, and Coordinating Committee member for the Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium.

Maro Youssef
Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied history at The University of California, Santa Cruz and Middle East Studies at George Washington University. She has a book chapter on Algeria and elite feminists in an edited volume on women and the Arab Spring. She works on human rights, women’s rights, North Africa, Egypt, institutions, security, and democracy. She was previously a foreign policy analyst at the U.S. Department of State where she worked on political, economic, and social issues in North Africa and human rights and women’s rights in the Persian Gulf. She served at the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia and the U.S. Embassy in Turkey.



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