2018 MESA Election

MESA is pleased to present the candidates in the 2018 Election of Officers and Members of the Board. Click on the candidate’s name to go to their biography. Voting deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., Mountain Standard Time. You may vote electronically by completing the ballot at the bottom of this page. If you would like to vote by mail, please request a ballot from Sara Palmer at sara@mesana.org.

Candidates for President-Elect

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Lisa Hajjar

Lisa Hajjar
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dina Rizk Khoury

Dina Rizk Khoury
George Washington University


Lisa Hajjar

University of California , Santa Barbara: Professor of Sociology, 2010–present; Assistant, Associate Professor of Law and Society, 2001–09. Morehouse College: Assistant Professor of Sociology, 1999–2001. Swarthmore College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, 1995–1999. American University of Beirut: Visiting Professor, 2012–13; Edward Said Chair of American Studies, 2014–15; Director, Center for American Studies and Research, 2015–16.

Education: PhD, Sociology, American University, 1995; MA, Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1986; BA, International Relations, Tufts University, 1983.

Service to the Profession: MESA: Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF), 2014–20; Board of Directors, 2014–17; Nominating Committee, 2013; CAF, 1996–98. Select Other Service: American Council of Learned Societies Reviewer, 2014–16; Human Rights Section Council, American Sociological Association, 2011–13; Vice-president, Sociologists without Borders, 2011–14; National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Law and Social Sciences, 2010; University of California Human Rights Initiative, 2007–09; Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, Law and Society Association (LSA), 2002–04; International Committee, LSA, 1998–2000. Editorial Service: Jadaliyya, 2010–present; Societies without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences, 2010–13; Middle East Report, 1994–99, 2001–07 (Chair, 2003–2007), 2008–14; Journal of Palestine Studies, 2002–13; Cultural Anthropology, 2005–10; Law and Society Review, 2000–05; Arab Studies Journal, 2000–present.

Awards and Grants: National Endowment of the Humanities, Research Grant, 2016; American Bar Association, Litigation Research Fund Grant, 2010; Harold J. Plous Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, UCSB, 2003; Malcolm H. Kerr Social Science Dissertation Award, MESA, 1995; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1994; Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 1993; National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program’s Global Perspectives on Sociolegal Studies, 1993; Institute for Intercultural Studies, 1992; American Association of University Women, 1991; Joint Committee on the Near and Middle East of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council, 1991.

Publications: Books: Authored: Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, Routledge, 2013; Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza, University of California Press, 2005. Edited: Human Rights: Critical Concepts in Political Science, Vols. 1-5, (with Richard Falk and Hilal Elver), Routledge, 2008. Select Chapters and Articles: “In Defense of Lawfare: The Value of Litigation in Challenging Torture,” in Scott A. Anderson and Martha C. Nussbaum, editors, Confronting Torture: Essays on the Ethics, Legality, History, and Psychology of Torture Today, University of Chicago Press, 2018; “Lawfare and Armed Conflict: A Comparative Analysis of Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies and Legal Challenges against Them,” in Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan, editors, Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, Duke University Press, 2017;From The Manchurian Candidate to Zero Dark Thirty: Reading the CIA’s History of Torture through Hollywood Thrillers,” Film and History, 2017; “Wikileaking the Truth about American Unaccountability for Torture,” Societies without Borders, 2012; “Does Torture Work? A Socio-Legal Assessment of the Practice in Historical and Global Perspective,” Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 2009; “International Humanitarian Law and ‘Wars on Terror’: A Comparative Analysis of Israeli and American Doctrines and Policies, Journal of Palestine Studies, 2006; “Religion, State Power and Domestic Violence in Muslim Societies: A Framework for Comparative Analysis,” Law and Social Inquiry, 2004.

Dina Rizk Khoury

George Washington University: Professor of History and International Affairs, 2014-present; Associate Professor, 1997-2014; Director of Graduate Studies, 2006-07; Director of Middle East Studies, 1997-2002; Assistant Professor of History, 1991-97.

Education: MA, PhD, History, Georgetown University, 1987; BA, Philosophy, American University of Beirut, 1977.

Service to the Profession: MESA: Editorial Board, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2017-19; Board of Directors, 2004-07; Vice Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom, 2006-07; Book Review Editor, IJMES, 1998-2001; Nominating Committee, 2001 and 1996; Albert Hourani Book Prize Committee, 2003; Program Committee 1995. Other Service: Program Committee, American Historical Association, 2016-17; Chair, Fuat Koprulu Book Prize Committee, 2016 and 2001; Board of Directors and member of Executive Committee, Palestinian American Research Center, 2001-07; Palestinian American Research Center, 2010-15; Board of Directors, The American Academic Research Institute of Iraq, 2009-present; Advisory Council, Department of History, Princeton University, 2008-present; Board of Trustees, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, 2015-21.  Reviewed manuscripts for Cambridge University Press, Stanford University Press, Syracuse University Press, University of California Press, University of Texas Press, Oxford University Press, University of Washington Press. Reviewed journal articles for: IJMES, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Journal of Women’s History, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Psychoanalysis and History, Diplomatic History, International Security, Social History, Arabian Studies Journal, Ethnohistory, Journal of Anthropology, Medicine, Culture.

Awards and Grants: American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 2019; John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 2007-08; NEH Summer Seminar PI and co-director, 2014; The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq summer grants 2007 and 2009; ACLS/SSRC/NEH grant, 2002-03; NEH/ARIT grant, 1998-99; Book Awards: Fuad Koprulu Book prize granted by the Turkish Studies Association; co-winner of Kuwait-Britain Friendship Book prize granted by the British Society for Middle East Studies, 1998.

Publications: Books: Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering Martyrdom and Remembrance, Cambridge University Press, 2013; State and Society in the Ottoman Empire: Mosul 1540-1834, Cambridge University Press, 1997 and 2002. Co-editor of special issue with Dane Kennedy, “Comparing Empires:  The British and Ottoman Empires in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 27 (2007); Select Articles and Chapters: “Administrative Practice between Religious Law (shari’a) and State Law (kanun) on The Eastern Frontiers of the Ottoman Empire,” Journal of Early Modern History, 5 (2001); “The Security State and the Practice and Rhetoric of Sectarianism in Iraq,” International Journal of Iraqi Studies, 4 (2011); “Who is a True Muslim? Exclusion and Inclusion among Polemicist of Reform in Baghdad,” in Virginia Aksan and Daniel Goffman, editors, Early Modern Ottoman History: A Re-mapping the Empire, 2007; “Violence and Spatial Politics between Local and Imperial: Baghdad, 1778-1810,” in Gyan Prakash and Kevin Kruse, editors, Spaces in the Modern City, Imaginaries, Politics and Everyday Life, 2008; “The 1991 Intifada in Three Keys: Writing the History of Violence,” in Riccardo Bacco, Hamit Borzrslan, Peter Sluglett and Jordi Tejel, editors, Writing the History of Iraq: Historiographic and Political Challenges, 2012; “The Making and Unmaking of Spaces of Security: Basra as Battlefront, Basra Insurgent, 1980-1991,” in Nelida Fuccaro editor, Urban Violence in the Middle East, 2015; “Debating Political Community in the Age of Reform, Rebellion and Empire,” in Max Weiss and Jens Hanssen editors, Beyond Arab Thought in the Liberal Age, Re-Assessing the Arab Renaissance, 2016.

Candidates for Board of Directors

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Camron Michael Amin


Camron Michael Amin
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Orit Bashkin


Orit Bashkin
University of Chicago


Michelle Hartman


Michelle Hartman
McGill University


Nadia Yaqub


Nadia Yaqub
UNC Chapel Hill


Camron michael Amin

University of Michigan-Dearborn: Coordinator Middle East Studies Certificate Program, 2016-present; Associate Provost for Online Learning and Graduate Studies, 2014; Professor of History, 2009-present; College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Associate Dean (Enrollment and Curriculum), 2007-09; Associate Professor of History, 2002-09, Assistant Professor of History, 1997-2002.

Education: PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago, 1996; BA and BS, History and Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.

Service to Profession: MESA: Pourshariati Book Award Committee, 2016. Other Service: Association for Iranian Studies Program Committee, 2014; Program Chair, 2016 and 2018; President Elect; Michigan Oral History Association Board, 2018-21.

Awards and Grants: University of Michigan-Dearborn: Campus Grant, 2017; Michigan Humanities Council Heritage Grant, 2016; MCubed Grant, 2016; National Endowment for the Humanities National Education Project Grant (with Benjamin Fortna and Elizabeth Frierson), 2000-03.

Publications: Book: The Making of the Modern Iranian Woman: Gender, State Policy and Popular Culture, 1865-1946, 2002. Edited: The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History, (with Benjamin C. Fortna and Elizabeth B. Frierson), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Selected/Abridged Articles and Chapters: “Gender, Madness, Religion, and Iranian-American Identity: Observations on a 2006 Murder Trial in Williamsport, Pennsylvania,” Social Sciences 6: 3, 85 (2017); “Surveying the 'Sheikhdoms' of the Persian Gulf, 1966-1973: Newspaperman ‘Abbas Mas‘udi and the Construction of Iranian Nationalism in Foreign Policy,” in Litvak editor, Constructing Nationalism in Iran From the Qajars to the Islamic Republic, 2017“‘Science’ and Literary Soundscapes, Neuroscience and Oral History: Research Notes from Iranian Studies,” in Roundtable entitled, “Bringing Sound to Middle Eastern Studies,” IJMES 48: 1 (February, 2016); The Press and Public Diplomacy in Iran, 1820-1940,” Iranian Studies 48: 2 (2015): 269-287; An Iranian in New York: Abbas Masudi’s Description of the ‘Non-Iranian’ on the Eve of the Cold War,” in Aghaie and Marashi editors, Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity, 2014; “Globalizing Iranian Feminism, 1910-1950,” Journal Middle East Women’s Studies 4: 1 (Winter 2008): 3-29; Blurring Public and Private Lives by Design:  Isfahan University of Technology, 1977-2005, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 26: 2 (2006): 279-302; “Importing ‘Beauty Culture’ into Iran in the 1920’s and 1930’s: Mass Marketing Individualism in an Age of Anti-Imperialist Sacrifice,” CSSAAME 24: 1 (Spring [Summer] 2004): 18-35. 17; “Selling and Saving ‘Mother Iran’: Gender and the Iranian Press in the 1940’s,” IJMES 33: 3 (August 2001): 335-61. 

Orit Bashkin

University of Chicago: Professor of modern Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, 2013-present; Associate Professor (2011); Assistant Professor (2004); Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2017-present; Faculty Sponsor, Middle Eastern History and Theory Workshop.  

Education: PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 2005; MA, Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University, 1998; BA, Tel Aviv University; Middle Eastern History & Arabic Literature, 1995.

Service to the Profession: MESA: CAF, 2017-present; IJMES Board, 2014; Other Service: Board Member: AJS Perspectives; Shofar. Manuscript Reviewer: Stanford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press. Review Committees: NEH, National Humanities Center, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Awards and Grants: Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society project, University of Chicago [project: “What are Arab Jewish Texts? Texts and Questions of Context”], 2013-14; Fellowship, Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-12; Fellowship, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2008-09; Provost’s Teaching Award, University of Chicago, 2006; Fellow, The National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education (Teagle Foundation).

Publications: Books: An Impossible Exodus -- Iraqi Jews in Israel, Stanford University Press, 2017; New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq, Stanford University Press, 2012; The Other Iraq – Pluralism and Culture in Hashemite Iraq, Stanford University Press, 2009; Edited: Civilizing Emotions – Concepts in Nineteenth Century Asia and Europe, (with M. Pernau, H. Jordheim, et al.), Oxford University Press, 2015. Articles: “Unholy Pilgrims in a New Diaspora: Iraqi Jewish Protest in Israel, 1950–1955,” The Middle East Journal, 2016; “When the Safras Met the Dājanīs: Arabic in Hebrew and the Rethinking of National Ideology,” Journal of Arabic Literature, 2016; “Deconstructing Destruction: The New Historiography of Twentieth-Century Iraq and the Second Gulf War,” Arab Studies Journal (2015); “The Barbarism from Within – Discourses about Fascism amongst Iraqi and Iraqi Jewish Communists,” Die Welt des Islams, 2012; “Hybrid Nationalims: Watani and Qawmi visions in Iraq under ‘Abd al-Karim Qasim,” IJEMS (2011); «Un Arabe juif dans l’Irak de l’entre-deux-guerres La carrière d’Anwar Shā’ul», Vingtième Siècle. Revue d'histoire (2009); Chapters: “Arabic Thought in the Radical Age: Emile Habibi, the Israeli Communist Party and the Production of Arab Jewish Radicalism,” M. Weiss and J. Hanssen, Arabic Thought against the Authoritarian Age, Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Michelle Hartman

McGill University: Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, 2018-present; Professor of Arabic Literature, 2017-present; Associate Professor of Arabic Literature, 2007-17; Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature, 2002-07. Hofstra University: Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, 1999-2002. Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, 1998-99.

Education: DPhil, Arabic Literature, St John’s College, Oxford, 1998; BA, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and French Literature, Columbia College, 1994.

Service to Profession: MESA: Ad-Hoc Committee on Sexual Harassment in the Profession, 2018-present. Other Service: Modern Language Association (MLA): Program Committee, 2017-18; Texts and Translations Editorial Board Member, 2009-12, 2012-15; Elected member of the West Asian Literatures Executive Committee, 2010-15; President, 2014-15. Editorial Boards: Journal of Arabic Literature and Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World.

Awards and Grants: Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2015-21; SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2004-07; Fonds québecois de la recherche sur la societé et la culture, nouveaux chercheurs grant, 2004-07; Fulbright Regional Research Grant, 2004; SSHRC Multiculturalism team grant, 2004-05. Said Ghobash-Banipal award, second prize, 2009.

Publications: Books: Breaking Broken English: Black-Arab Literary Solidarities and the Politics of Language, forthcoming, 2019; Native Tongue, Stranger Talk: The Arabic and French Literary Landscapes of Lebanon, 2014; Jesus, Joseph, and Job: Reading Rescriptings of Religious Figures in Lebanese Women’s Fiction, 2002. Edited: Teaching Modern Arabic Literature in Translation, 2018. Literary Translations (Arabic–English): A Sky So Close, Shahla Ujayli, 2018; The Journey, Radwa Ashour, 2018; The 99th Floor, Jana Elhassan, 2017; The Weight of Paradise, Iman Humaydan, 2016; Beirut Noir (short story collection), 2015; Ali and His Russian Mother, Alexandra Chreiteh, 2015; Other Lives, Iman Humaydan, 2014; Always Coca-Cola, Alexandra Chreiteh, 2012; Wild Mulberries, Iman Humaydan, 2008; Just like a River (with Maher Barakat), 1999. Chapters: “Towards Language and Resistance: A Breaking Manifesto,” (with Rosalind Hampton), in Outsider Imperatives: Manifestos for World Thought, Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh and Lucian Stone editors, 2017; “Translating a Literary Tradition: Arabic Literature,” Teaching Translation: Programs, Courses, Pedagogies, Lawrence Venuti, editor, 2017. Articles: “Dreams Deferred, Translated: Radwa Ashour and Langston Hughes” CLINA: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Communication, 2016; “‘My Tale is too Long to Tell’: The Locust and the Bird between South Lebanon and New York City,” Journal of Arabic Literature, 2015; “Gender, Genre and the (Missing) Gazelle: Arab Women Writers and the Politics of Translation,” Feminist Studies, 2012.

Nadia Yaqub

UNC Chapel Hill: Professor and Chair, Asian Studies, 2000-present; University of Washington: Lecturer, 1998-99.

Education: PhD, Near Eastern Studies, UC, Berkeley, 1999; MJ Journalism, UC, Berkeley, 1986; AB, Linguistics, UC, Berkeley, 1981.

Service to Profession: MESA: Associate Editor (film), Review of Middle East Studies, 2015-present; Program Committee, 2013. Other Service: Editorial Collective, JMEWS: Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 2014-18; Board Memberships: MLA Texts and Translations Series 2012-14; Center for Arabic Study Abroad, 2006-09; UVA-Yarmouk Summer Arabic Program, 2001-15; Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2010-present. Various publication, fellowship, and grant reviews.

Awards and Grants: UNC Kenan Scholar, Carolina Women’s Center Scholar, James Moeser Award for Distinguished Research; UNC Institute for Arts and Humanities Leadership & Faculty Fellowships; ACLS, NEH, SSRC, Fulbright, and Center for Arabic Studies Abroad Fellowships.

Publications: Books: Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution, UT Press, 2018; Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art, Brill, 2006. Edited: Bad Girls of the Arab World, (with Rula Quawas), UT Press, 2017. Chapters: “Working with Grassroots Digital Humanities Projects: The Tal al-Za`tar Facebook Groups,” Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies, Elias Muhanna, editor, De Gruyter, 2016; “Narrating the Nakba: the Seventh Decade,” Narrating ‘Conflict’: Discourse, Spectacle, Commemoration and Communication Practices in Palestine and Lebanon, Dina Matar,  Zahera Harb, editors, I B Taurus, 2013; “Azza Hassan and Impossible Filmmaking in Israel/Palestine,” Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern CulturesKarima Laachir, Saeed Talajooy, editors, Routledge, 2012; “Dismantling the Discourses of War: Palestinian Women Filmmakers Address Violence,” in Gender and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa, Moha Ennaji, Fatima Sadiqi, editors, Routledge, 2011; “Paradise Now: Narrating a Failed Politics,” “The Dupes: Three Generations Uprooted and Betrayed,” and “Waiting: A Scattered People Waiting for a Common Future,” Film and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa, Josef Gugler, editor, UT Press, 2010. Articles: “The Afterlives of Violent Images: Reading Photographs from the Tal al-Za`tar Refugee Camp on Facebook,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2015; “Refracted Filmmaking in Muhammad Malas’ The Dream and Kamal Aljafari’s The Roof,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2014; “Utopia and Dystopia in Palestinian Circular Journeys from Ghassan Kanafani to Contemporary Film,” Middle East Literatures, 2012; “Gendering the Palestinian Political Cartoon,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2009; “Arts Under Occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies, 2008; “The Palestinian Cinematic Wedding,” JMEWS, 2007.

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