MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Manage Your MESA Membership

The 2018 renewal season is upon us!
  • 58 CAF letters defending academic freedom at home and abroad in 2017
  • ACLU/MESA lawsuit on Trump Muslim Ban filed in SCOTUS 2017 and ongoing
  • Statement condemning attacks by non-academic groups on faculty and students 2017
  • 2016 Establishment of Task Force on Civil and Human Rights
  • 2017 New MESA guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship
  • 2017 Two new working groups: LAMES (Latin American MES) IOMES (Indian Ocean MES)
  • 2018 Two new book awards named for Nikki Keddie and Fatima Mernissi
  • 10 annual Wadad Kadi MESA meeting travel fellowships for graduate students
  • MESA general fund match of donations to student travel grants
  • MESA Undergraduate Education Award recognizing teaching or material contributions
  • MESA student paper prizes for graduate students and undergraduates
  • Annual Awards of Excellence
  • Advocacy on behalf of Title VI, FLAS, Fulbright-Hays, NEH
  • A redesigned website coming in 2018!
  • The best annual meeting in North America: great people, great scholarship and GREAT dance party “making academics look cool”

Dear Friends,

It takes a community to accomplish such achievements and that community is made up of committed and consistent members. Be part of a collective creative energy responsible for recognizing excellence, defending key principles and preparing for the future and the next generation. Now is not the time for mental myopia, now is the time to inspire, to build, and to sustain through the simple act of renewing your membership- whether or not you intend to go to the annual meeting. The list of achievements above shows you what an association of committed members can achieve. Be part of MESA and its inspired work on behalf of the field.

How do I join MESA, renew my membership, or update my information?

Through myMESA (, the system for MESA members to manage their membership, annual meeting participation, etc.

What do I have to do?

  1. Log in to myMESA. If you do not already have an active account, you will need to establish one. Please read the instructions and watch for system prompts as you make your way through the system.
  2. Complete or review your member profile. Please make sure the personal information page is up-to-date. We encourage you to complete all sections of your profile. The more data MESA has, the better it can accurately reflect the field.
  3. Go to the payments section of myMESA and make your payment if you plan to use a credit card or a PayPal account. Credit card payments are processed through Bluepay, a secure payment provider. MESA does not see your credit card information.

A complete profile and paid dues means that you are a MESA member. Please remember that MESA membership is on a calendar year basis, January 1 through December 31, and is non-refundable.

Can I do hard copy?

If you'd prefer to do things the old fashion way, we fully understand! Complete the application and/or payment form and send it along with your check or credit card details to:

3542 N Geronimo Ave
Tucson AZ 85705

Questions about the membership may be directed to Sara Palmer at

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