Mission Statement

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is 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 in accordance with its status as a 501(c)(3) scientific, educational, literary, and charitable organization.

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Annual Meeting 

OCTOBER 10-13, 2020


Join us in October for MESA’s 54th annual meeting. Attendees will enjoy three days of academic panels, a bustling book exhibit, and a film festival screening the latest in documentary films on the Middle East.



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Academic Freedom

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The Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF) seeks to foster the free exchange of knowledge as a human right and to inhibit infringements on that right by government restrictions on scholars. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights provide the principal standards by which human rights violations are identified today. Those rights include the right to education and work, freedom of movement and residence, and freedom of association and assembly.

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Become a Member

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Be a part of a community of scholars who are passionate about the pursuit of academic knowledge on the MENA region. Join others in helping MESA defend academic freedom and civil and human rights. Share your research at the annual meeting and submit articles for MESA’s journals. Participate on a MESA committee to help recognize outstanding scholarship or work to advance the field. Join MESA today and be a part of something great!

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Member Announcements

Registering incident of sexual harassment 

If you are a victim of harassment or you witness harassment, please use this form to report the incident.  

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MESA 2020 Call for Papers 

Instructions and important information for submitting proposals are now available.
Deadline: February 18, 2020

Call for Papers 

2020 Nominating Committee Election

Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) and encouraged to cast their vote for the 2020 Nominating Committee.
Deadline: March 2, 2020


Security Alerts for Researchers and Students

There are two active security alerts issued by MESA’s Board of Directors for those embarking on research in Egypt and UAE

MESA is hiring a part-time research assistant

MESA is looking for a part-time research assistant for the Task Force on Civil and Human Rights concerning abusive public records requests as a means of harassing or intimidating faculty and administrators at insitutes of higher education in the United States. Other opportunities in the DC office coming soon.

Program Manager, MESA Global Academy

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The Middle East Studies Association is seeking a part-time Washington, DC-based Program Manager to implement MESA’s Global Academy, a new interdisciplinary initiative to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production between MENA-based scholars and their counterparts outside the region.

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MESA Task Force Public Records Research Assistant

The Middle East Studies Association seeks a part time research assistant for a project concerning abuse of public records acts and laws as a means of harassment and intimidation of scholars and administrators. The research assistant will primarily be collecting data on the filing of public record act requests concerning scholarship about the Middle East at public universities in the United States.

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Global Academy

The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) is pleased to launch the MESA Global Academy, a new interdisciplinary initiative to sustain essential research collaborations and knowledge production among MENA-focused scholars from the region of the Middle East and North Africa and their counterparts outside the region.

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    Call for Applications - Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars

    Columbia Global Centers | Amman

    In partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia Global Centers | Amman is now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Fellowship Program for Emerging Displaced Scholars (starting in Jan 2021). Eligible candidates are scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who have been forcibly uprooted from their home countries and respective academic institutions.

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    Levantine Arabic Instructor

    Concordia Language Villages

    Concordia Language Villages Language Training Center invites applications for Instructors of Arabic (Modern Standard, Levantine and/or Egyptian dialects) and/or Persian/Farsi for a series of intensive isolated immersion courses taking place during the 2019-20 academic year.

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    PERMES Masthead

    PERMES is a database of programs in Middle East studies, experts on the region, and other valuable resources. 


    Stay Connected

    MESA offers several ways to stay connected, including a young-people-approved presence on Facebook and Twitter, oldie but goodie listservs, and trusty email notifications. To find out more, please follow the link below.

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