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.
November 14-17, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
new orleans, louisiana
Join us in November for MESA’s 53rd annual meeting in The Big Easy. Attendees will enjoy three days of academic panels, a bustling book bazaar, and a film festival screening the latest in documentary films on the Middle East.
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.
Become a Member
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!
2019 Board Election
All full MESA Members (fellow, honorary fellow, and student) are asked to cast their votes in the 2019 Election of Members of the Board.
MESA 2019 Program Now Available
Security Alerts for Researchers and Students
CAF’s Resource Guide on Canary Mission
MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom has issued a resource guide for college and university leaders on actions they can take to counteract a secretive, political organization called Canary Mission that uses its website to engage in defamatory attacks against college students and faculty who engage in advocacy for Palestinian rights and academic inquiry about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Follow MESA’s Work on the Muslim Travel Ban
When President Trump issued Executive Order 13769 (the first Muslim travel ban) on January 7, 2017, MESA and the ACLU began discussing ways in which MESA could be useful in a lawsuit against the ban. MESA ultimately joined as a plaintiff in IRAP v. Trump. Now in its third iteration, the Muslim travel ban continues to be challenged in court. A timeline of MESA's involvement with the lawsuit:
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University seeks to hire a Political Scientist of the Arab World.
International Association for the Study of Popular Music - U.S. Chapter (IASPM-US)
The International Association for the Study of Popular Music-United States chapter (IASPM-US) invites proposals for its annual conference, which will take place in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan on May 21-23, 2020. Deadline: October 1, 2019
Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University Jewish Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Israel Studies and Jewish Studies.
MESA announces its new headquarters at the George Washington University and the hiring of a new Executive Director.
Letter to the Egyptian government requesting that it end all probationary measures placed on University of Washington doctoral student, Walid Salem -- who was released from prison in December 2018 after 6 months in detention without any charges against him -- and allow him to travel freely and continue his work.
The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, GA invite applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the area of History, Society, and Culture of Modern Israel, to begin Fall 2020.
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks scholar(s) in the study of Islam in Africa for an appointment date of July 1, 2020.
University of Southern California
The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles seeks to fill the Farhang Foundation Junior Chair in Iranian Studies at the Assistant Professor rank (tenure track).
Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position focused on the culture, economics or politics of Muslim societies. Deadline: October 25, 2019
University of California, Berkeley
The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for the full-time position of Visiting Professor or Adjunct Professor in Assyrian Studies, offered through the Avimaleck Betyousef Foundation.
University of California, Berkeley
The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a position in Iranian Studies at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. Deadline: December 15, 2019
Fifth letter to Iranian authorities on behalf of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, expressing alarm over his recent transfer to an undisclosed location, raising new threats of torture and execution.
Georgetown University in Qatar
Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) aims to recruit a teaching-oriented faculty member in Arabic Language. Review begins: October 1, 2019
The Department of History at Binghamton University, State University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in early modern Ottoman history (c. 1300-1800) beginning in Fall 2020. Deadline: October 15, 2019