2019 MESA Election

MESA is pleased to present the candidates in the 2019 Election of Members of the Board. Click on the candidate’s name to go to their biography. Voting deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 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, you may print the ballot or request one from Sara Palmer at sara@mesana.org.

Candidates for Board of Directors

Click on name to go to the biography. On the ballot you will vote for no more than 2.

Camron Michael Amin


Sinan Antoon
New York University

Orit Bashkin


Sami Hermez
Northwestern University
in Qatar


Michelle Hartman


Miriam R. Lowi
College of New Jersey


Nadia Yaqub


Joshua Stacher
Kent State University


Sinan antoon

Associate Professor of Arabic Literature, The Gallatin School, New York University (2012-present); Assistant Professor, New York University (2005-2012); Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature, Dartmouth College (2003-2005).

Education: PhD, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Harvard University (2006); MAAS, Arab Studies, Georgetown University (1995); BA, University of Baghdad (1990).

Service to Profession: MESA: Member of Nominating Committee, 2011. Other: co-founder and co-editor, Jadaliyya, 2010-present, board member, Arab Studies Institute, 2012-present, editor, Tadween Publishing, 2013-present, Advisory Board Member, Literatures in Context, 2013-present, Member of the Editorial Committee, Middle East Research and Information Project, (2006-2012); Contributing editor, Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature (2003-2013); Senior editor and Member of the Steering Committee, Arab Studies Journal, (1993-2006).

Awards and Grants: Rockefeller Foundation Center, Bellagio, (Summer 2018); Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, 2016-2017); Arab American Book Award (2014); The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation (2014); Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow, American Academy in Berlin, (Spring 2013); The National Translation Award, The American Literary Translators Association, 2012; Postdoctoral Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Europe in the Middle East, The Middle East in Europe (2008-2009), Mellon Grant for Research in Original Sources (2003).

Publications: (selected) Books: The Poetics of the Obscene in Pre-Modern Arabic Poetry: Ibn l-Hajjaj and Sukhf (Palgrave-McMillan, 2014); Literary: The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale University Press, 2019); The Baghdad Eucharist (American University in Cairo Press, 2017); The Corpse Washer (Yale University Press, 2014); Chapters: “Sargon Boulus’s Commitment” in Pannewick and Khalil (eds.), Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940’s; “What did the Corpse Want? Reading Torture Poems” in Carlson and Weber (eds.), Speaking about Torture; (2012); “Debris and Diaspora: Iraqi Culture Now” in (Toensing and Kirk (eds.), Uncovering Iraq; Trajectories of Disintegration and Transformation, (2010); “Returning to the Wind: Mahmud Darwish’s La Ta`tadhir `Amma Fa`alt” in Rahman and Nassar, (eds.), Mahmud Darwish, Exile’s Poet: Critical Essays, (2007); “Difficult Variations: Saadi Youssef’s Impossible Returns” International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies; “Sargon Boulus and Tu Fu’s Ghosts” Journal of World Literature; (2017); “Mahmud Darwish’s Allegorical Critique of Oslo” in Journal of Palestine Studies. Translations: Ibtisam Azem, The Book of Disappearance (Syracuse University Press, 2019); Mahmoud Darwish, In the Presence of Absence (Archipelago, 2012); Saadi Youssef, Nostalgia, My Enemy: Fifty Poems (with Peter Money) (Gray Wolf Press, 2012). Online Articles: Aljazeera, The Guardian, Jadaliyya, New York Times.

Sami Hermez

Assistant Professor, Northwestern University in Qatar, 2015-present; Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University, 2013-2014; Visiting Professor of Contemporary International Issues, Center for International Studies, Pittsburgh University, 2012-2013; Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College, 2011-2012; Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Lebanese Studies, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 2010-2011; Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social and Behavioral Science, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2008, 2006; Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, Princeton University, 2005-2006; U.S. Peace Corps, Penza, Russia, 2000-2002.

Education: PhD, Anthropology, Princeton University, 2011; MPA, NYU, 2004; B.S. Economics and Computer Science, Duke University, 1999.

Service to Profession: MESA: Graduate Student Representative to the Board, 2009-11; Co-founder, Association for Middle East Anthropology (AMEA), 2012 and President, 2017-2019; Other: Committee for Middle East Studies Minor, Northwestern University in Qatar, 2017-present; Northwestern University Faculty Senate, 2017-present; Program Committee Chair, Middle East Section, American Anthropological Association, 2017, and Member, 2015-2016; High School Outreach on Middle East issues, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012-2013; President of International Public Service Association, NYU, 2003; Intern MENA division, Human Rights Watch, 2002-2003.

Awards and Grants: Wenner Gren Foundation Conference and Workshop Grants, 2014 & 2018; Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Visiting Research Fellow, Berlin, Germany, Spring 2010; Graduate School Fellowship, Princeton University, 2004-2010; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Fellow, Summer 2006- 2008; Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship, 2005/2007; Public Service Scholar, NYU, 2003-2004.

Publications: Books: War is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon, U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2017; Sireen: A Palestinian Story of Dispossession and Resistance (In progress); Articles and Chapters: Dehumanization in War and Peace: Encounters with Lebanon’s Ex-Militia Fighters, American Anthropologist, 121(3), 2019; Towards a Beirut School of critical security studies, Critical Studies on Security, 6(3), 2018 (with Samer Abboud, Omar S. Dahi, Waleed Hazbun, Nicole Grove, Coralie Hindawi, & Jamil Mouawad); Ethnographies of Political Violence, in Pamela Stewart and Andrew Strathern, eds., Research Companion to Anthropology, Ashgate Publishing, 2015; When the State is (N)ever Present: On Cynicism and Political Mobilization in Lebanon, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21, 2015; “The War is Going to Ignite”: On the Anticipation of Violence in Lebanon, PoLar: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 35(2), 2012; On Dignity and Clientelism: Lebanon in the Context of the 2011 Arab Revolutions, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 11(3), 2011; Activism as ‘Part-time’: Searching for Commitment and Solidarity in Lebanon, Cultural Dynamics, 23(1), 2011.

Miriam R. Lowi

Professor, Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey, 2010-present; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey, 1999-2010; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey, 1994-1999

Education: Ph.D., Politics, Princeton University, 1990; M.A., Politics & Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 1985; B.A., Economics & History, McGill University, 1980.

Service to Profession: MESA: Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom [CAF] – MENA wing, 10/2013 – present; member, CAF-MENA wing, 2009 – present. Other: member, editorial committee, Middle East Research and Information Project [MERIP], 2015-present; member, executive committee, Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association, 1996-99

Awards and Grants: 2019: visiting scholar, Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program in Public Policy, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Barcelona, Spain; 2015: visiting research scholar, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Doha, Qatar; 2008-10: ‘Carnegie Scholar,’ Carnegie Scholars Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York; 2007-08: Visiting Research Scholar, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University; 2001-02: World Bank (DECRG)/Yale University (United Nations Studies), research grant; 2000-01: United States Institute of Peace, Unsolicited Grant Program; 1988-89: fellowship, Institute for the Study of World Politics, Washington, DC; 1987-88: MacArthur Foundation research fellowship, Princeton University; 1985-86: research fellowship, Social Science Research Council, New York, NY; 1985-1986: Newcomen Award for research in Material History, Newcomen Society (of Canada), McGill University;

Publications: Books: Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Water and Power: the Politics of a Scarce Resource in the Jordan River Basin (Cambridge University Press, 1993); Environment and Security: Discourses and Practices (MacMillan/Palgrave, 2000) [co-edited with Brian Shaw]. Chapters (selected): “Modernity on Steroids: the Promise and Perils of Climate Protection in the Arabian Peninsula” in, Paul Wapner and Hilal Elver, eds. Re-imagining Climate Change, 2016; “Algeria: Between Co-optation and Repression” in, Peter Lewis and John Harbeson eds., Coping with Crisis in African States, 2016; “War-Torn or Systemically Distorted?: Rebuilding the Algerian Economy,” in, Leonard Binder, ed., Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East, 2007; “Algeria, 1992-2002: Anatomy of Civil War,” in Paul Collier and Nicholas Sambanis (eds.), Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, 2005. Articles (selected): “Identity, Community and Belonging in GCC States: Reflections on the Foreigner,” Sociology of Islam (2018); “Justice, Charity, and the ‘Common Good:’ In Search of Islam in Gulf Petro-Monarchies,” Middle East Journal (2017); “Oil and Instability in Middle Eastern States: the Political Economy of Distribution,” Awrāq no. 15, Casa Arabe (Madrid, 2017); “Oil Rents and Political Breakdown in Patrimonial States: Algeria in Comparative Perspective,” Journal of North African Studies (2004); “Bridging the Divide: Transboundary Resource Disputes and the Case of West Bank Water”, International Security, 1993.

Joshua Stacher

Associate Professor of Political Science, Kent State University, 2014-present; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kent State University, 2008-2014.

Education: Ph.D., School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, 2007; M.A., Political Science, The American University in Cairo, 2002; B.A., History and English, Washington & Jefferson College, 1998.

Service to Profession: MESA: Committee on Academic Freedom, 2015-present; Editorial Board of IJMES, 2017-present; Nominating Committee, 2017. Other: Editorial Committee of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), 2012-2018; Manuscript Reviewer, Stanford UP, Oxford UP, Cornell UP, World Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Middle East Journal, Mediterranean Politics, Journal of North African Studies, Democratization, among others; Co-founder and member, Northeast Ohio Consortium on Middle East Studies (NOCMES), 2010-present. NOCMES is a consortium of seven universities and colleges in Cleveland. The consortium has hosted nearly 40 speakers since 2011 on a topics in the Middle East Studies.

Awards and Grants: Palestinian American Research Center, 2019; Cleveland Foundation, 2017; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center, 2012-2013; The Project on Middle East Political Science, 2012; British Council, 2012; Social Science Research Council, 2011; Post-doctoral Fellow, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2007-2008.

Publications: Books: Watermelon Democracy: Egypt’s Turbulent Transition (Syracuse UP, forthcoming Spring 2020); Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria (Stanford UP, 2012). Articles and chapters (selected): “Fragmenting states, new regimes: militarized state violence and transition in the Middle East,” Democratization, 2015; Conditioned Participation: The Mubarak State and the Muslim Brothers,” in Modern Middle East Authoritarianism: Roots, Ramifications, and Crisis. Routledge, 2015. “Reinterpreting Authoritarian Power: Syria’s Hereditary Succession,” Middle East Journal, 2011; “Brotherly Intentions? Egypt’s Muslim Brothers and the Politics of a Debate,” History Compass, 2010; “Egypt: The Anatomy of Succession, The Review of African Political Economy, 2008; “Parties Over: The Demise of Egypt Opposition Parties.” British Journal on Middle East Studies, 2004; “Post-Islamist Rumblings in Egypt: The Emergence of the Wasat Party,” Middle East Journal, 2002; A host of articles in Middle East Report including “Running as Resistance in Occupied Palestine” (2018), “Egypt Running on Empty” (2016), “The Brothers and the Wars” (2009), and “The Brotherhood Goes to Parliament” (2006). Op-Eds: The New York Times (2013, 2012) as well as in Foreign Affairs (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011).


Candidates for Student Member of the Board

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Lisa Hajjar

Hazem Jamjoum
New York University

Dina Rizk Khoury
Taylor M. Moore
Rutgers University


Hazem Jamjoum

PhD Candidate, Modern Middle East History, New York University (in progress).

Education: MA, Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut (2012); BA International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Toronto (2003).

Service to Profession: Steward and Unit Representative, GSOC-UAW Local 2110 (2016-2017).

Awards and Grants: Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council for Library and Information Resources, (2017-2018); Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2017-2018).

Publications: Book chapters: “An International Student-built Platform: Israeli Apartheid Week” in Rich Wiles (ed.), Generation Palestine: Voices from the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions Movement, London: Pluto Press (2013); “The Global Campaign for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel” in Maia Halward and Julie Norman (eds.), Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan (2011). Editorships: Editor in Chief, Al-Majdal Quarterly, (Bethlehem, Palestine: 2008-2012); Senior Editor, Al-Wattan Bilingual Arab Community Newspaper (Toronto, Canada), 2007- 2008); Senior Editor, Indigenous Law Journal, (2003-2005); Associate Editor, Journal of Law and Equality (2003-2004). Book review: Honig-Parnass and Haddad (eds.) Between the Lines: Readings on Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. “War on Terror.” Arab Studies Journal (2009).

Taylor M. Moore

PhD Candidate in Modern Middle Eastern History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Fellow-In-Residence, Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Philadelphia (2017-2018).

Education: MA, History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick (2016); BA, Honors Political Science and Sociology, The American University in Cairo (2013)

Service to Profession: Editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter (2017-present), Assistant Editor, Arab Studies Journal (2015-present); Member, Committee on Minority Student Affairs, Rutgers University (2015-present), Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Education Committee, Rutgers University (2014-2018).

Awards and Grants (selected): Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2019-2020); CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship (2019-2020); Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (2015-2018); MESA Wadad Kadi Travel Grant (2018); SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (2015); Rutgers New Brunswick Graduate School Pre-Dissertation Travel Award (2015); NSLI-Y Summer Language, Arabic, Egypt (2008).

Publications: Review of Brown, Marie Grace, Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan.

Presentations (selected): MESA: “Occult(ed) Ontologies,” Panel: Magical Materialities Toward a History of (Occult) Technology in the Islamicate World, New Orleans (forthcoming November 2019); Medicine and Science: Geography, Periodization, and Rupture Roundtable (November 2018); “Fellah Entomology: Observing and Eradicating Bugs in the Great Locust Invasion of 1915,” Panel: Knowing Nature: Epistemologies, Scientific Exchange, and Exploration in the Ottoman Empire (November 2018); Other: “Shibbolethic Science: Bodies as Technology in the Egyptian Sugar Cane Industry (1890-1910),” Panel: Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Enviro-tech Histories, European Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting (forthcoming August 2019); “The Rhinoceros Horn and the Black Eggplant: An Experiment in (Un)Natural Histories,” Collection and the History of Science in the Age of Global Empires, Hamilton College (April 2019); “Pills and Potions: Medicine, Magic, and Ethnography in Abdel Rahman Ismail’s Tibb al-Rukka,” Medical Mobilities in the Middle East and North Africa 1830-1960 (January 2019); Spiritual Economy of Plants in Khedival Upper Egypt,” American Folklore Society Annual Meeting (October 2015).

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