2019 Nominating Committee Election

We encourage all Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) to cast their vote for the 2019 Nominating Committee.

Eligibility: Only Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) are eligible to vote. Associate members are not eligible.

Deadline: to be counted, all ballots—electronic and by post—must be in the office of the Secretariat by no later than Friday, March 1, 2019 AT 11:59 P.M. MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME.  

Instructions: Review the candidate biographies (below). You may cast your vote electronically below. You may vote for no more than five candidates among the fellows and one candidate among the students, and you may not vote for a candidate more than once! The five fellows receiving the largest number of votes and the one student receiving the largest number of votes will serve on the committee. If you would prefer a ballot be mailed to you, please request one from Sara Palmer at sara@mesana.org.


Hosam Aboul-Ela
Associate Professor of English, University of Houston, PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin. He is the author most recently of Domestications: American Empire, Literary Culture, and the Postcolonial Lens (Northwestern UP). He has published articles in venues including IJMES, Edebiyat, Arab Studies Journal, Fusul, MERIP, and Jadiliyya. He is a contributor to Arab Thought against the Authoritarian Age, edited by Hansen and Weiss; the translator of four Arabic novels into English published by Marion Boyars, Syracuse UP, Yale UP, and New Directions; and the series editor for Seagull Books Arabic List.

Ziad M. Abu-Rish
Assistant Professor of History, Ohio University; and Director of the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program. PhD in History, University of California—Los Angeles; MA in Arab Studies, Georgetown University. Service to the Profession: Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Directors, MESA (2012-13); Member, Board of Directors, Lebanese Studies Association (2018—Present); Co-Director, Lebanon Dissertation Summer Institute (2016—Present); Member of the editorial teams of Arab Studies Journal (2008—Present) and Jadaliyya (2010—Present).

Anthony Alessandrini
Professor of English, Kingsborough Community College-CUNY, and Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY Graduate Center. PhD, Literatures in English (graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies), Rutgers University, 2000. Books: Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different (2014); editor, Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives (1999); co-editor, “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (2013). Co-Editor, Jadaliyya E-Zine; Committee on Globalization & Social Change, CUNY Graduate Center; Executive Committee, MA Program in Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY Graduate Center; Executive Committee, MLA Forum on West Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Farah al-Nakib
Assistant Professor of History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. PhD (2011) and MA (2006), School of Oriental and African Studies, History.  Publications include Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016) and numerous articles published in International Journal of Middle East StudiesCityBuilt Environment, among other peer reviewed journals, and in various edited volumes. Visiting scholar at American University (2016) and the George Washington University (2014). Previously Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait. Co-editor of Jadaliyya’s Cities page.

Nabil Al-Tikriti
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at the U. of Mary Washington; Ph.D, U. of Chicago NELC 2004; Boğaziçi U. Turkish Certificate 1994, 1995; AUC CASA 1991 & YAB 1986-87; MIA, Columbia U. SIPA, 1990; BSFS, Georgetown U., 1988. Fulbright Scholar 2018-19; USIP Jennings Randolph Fellow 2007-08; Fulbright-Hays DDRA 1999-2000; Fulbright IIE 1996-97; Articles in Middle East Report, Turkish Review, Mediterranea, Bilgi, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Library Trends, al-Masāq; Volume & Conference Chapters available at: https://umw.academia.edu/NabilAlTikriti; Service as MSF-Doctors Without Borders USA Vice-President 2016-17; Board of Directors Member, 2011-17; MERIP Editorial Committee Member, 2017-present; Co-Developed Issues #286, #288.

Christina E. Civantos
Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami. PhD, University of California-Berkeley; BA, Duke. Monographs: Between Argentines and Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity (2006) and The Afterlife of al-Andalus: Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives (2017). Articles in Journal of Arabic Literature, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern Literatures, etc. Chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture, The Global South Atlantic, Between the Middle East and the Americas and other edited volumes. Research in Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Cuba, Spain, and Argentina.

Amal Ghazal
Associate Professor of History, University Professor, and Director of the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She holds a BA from the American University of Beirut, and an MA and PhD from the University of Alberta. She is the author of Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism: Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s), Routledge, 2010 and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African History, Oxford University Press. Forthcoming. She has published in various journals, including IJMES. She is currently a member of MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom.

Dyala Hamzah
Associate Professor of Arab History, Université de Montréal. PhD in History and Islamic Studies 2008, EHESS Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. Author of Muhammad Rashid Rida ou le Tournant Salafiste (Éditions CNRS, 2019 forthcoming), editor of The Making of the Arab Intellectual  (Routledge, 2013), co-editor of The World in World Wars (Brill, 2010). Chapters and articles with Princeton and Oxford University Presses, CSAAME, REMMM and Égypte-Monde arabe. Grants: German DFG, French ANR, Quebec’s MRIF. Recently catalogued the Darwaza family archive (Amman) and the library of the Lebanese League of Brazil (Rio). Conducting three separate projects on Mandate Pan-Arabism and Palestine, Levantine Diasporas in Quebec and Brazil,1920s-1950s, and Muhammad ibn Ali al-Sanusi.

Homa Hoodfar
Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, at Concordia University, Montreal.  She completed her graduate studies at The Manchester University and the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has carried out field research in Egypt, Iran and worked with Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan. Being imprisoned in Iran for her academic writings and charged with dabbling in feminism and security matters, in 2016, she has committed considerable effort in regenerating discussion on academic freedom as national and transnational rights in this era of research without border since her release. Her latest books are Women’s Sport as Politics in Muslim Contexts,  WLUML (2015).  Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance (edited with Anissa Hellie). London: Zed Books (2012);  Electoral Politics: Making Quotas work for women   London: WLUML (2011).   

Amy Aisen Kallander
Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University, affiliated faculty with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Middle East Studies Program; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, History, MA, University of California, Santa Cruz. Amy Kallander’s publications include Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia, articles and book chapters on postcolonial Tunisia, social media, fashion and consumption in IJMES, Arab Media & Society, among others. Past service includes JMEWS Reviews editor, AMEWS Book award and paper prize committees, Kerr dissertation committee (and chair), AIMS mentor.

Anne Meneley
Professor of Anthropology, Trent University, Canada. PhD, MA, New York University, Anthropology. Her book on women’s competitive hospitality in Yemen, Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni town (1996) was released in its 20th anniversary edition (2016). Past board member of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.  Her work deals with the production and circulation of olive oil in Italy and Palestine and agro-activism. Her publications have appeared in American Anthropologist, Annual Review of Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos, Food, Culture & Society, Food and Foodways, Gastronomica, Jerusalem Quarterly, Religion and Society, and Social Analysis.

Agnieszka Paczynska
Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. PhD, University of Virginia, Political Science. Fellow, Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, the American University in Cairo, 1991-1992. Publications include State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy: Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the Czech Republic (2009/2013); Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone: Pedagogy, Methodology and Best Practices in Field-Based Courses (2019); Emerging Donors and Conflict-Affected States: The New Politics of Aid (2019) and articles and book chapters on labor, economic change, comparative political transitions, post-conflict reconstruction, and pedagogy. Co-editor of Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change book series (Ohio University Press) and a Board Member of Saferworld USA.

Güneş Murat Tezcür
Jalal Talabani Chair and Professor of Political Science, Director of Kurdish Political Studies Program at University of Central Florida. PhD, University of Michigan, 2005, BA, Boğaziçi University, 2000. Recent publications on democratization, human rights, and political violence include articles in American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Ethnopolitics, Nations and Nationalism, Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Religion. Author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey (University of Texas Press, 2010). Editor of upcoming Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics, Associate Editor of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, Editorial Board member of International Journal of Middle East Studies (2015-17).


Benan Grams
Fourth year PhD Candidate, History Department at Georgetown University. Holds a MA in Arab Studies from Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. MA in Economic Development and International Studies from Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Germany. BA in international business from Georg-Simon-Ohm, Nuremberg-Germany. Research in the late Ottoman history in Damascus including history of medicine and public health in Greater Syria and WWI in Damascus.   

Ciruce Movahedi-Lankarani
PhD Candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania; MA, University of Chicago, 2012; BS, Pennsylvania State University—University Park, 2005. He is completing his dissertation on the techno-social history of gas energy in 20th-century Iran. His work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship. He has presented at conferences including MESA Annual Meetings and Petrocultures. He has served as the Student Representative to the Graduate Committee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of History and as a peer reviewer for Lights: The Middle Eastern Studies Students’ Association Journal at the University of Chicago.

Jeremy Randall
PhD Candidate in History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. MA, the American University of Beirut, History; BA, Colgate University, History. Assistant Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) and the MA in Middle East Studies Program at the Graduate Center. He is currently preparing for defense his dissertation “Anticipating Revolution: The Lebanese Left and the Civil War”. An excerpt, “Affective Alternatives to Sectarianism in Maroun Baghdadi’s Documentaries” is forthcoming in an edited volume on Arab cinema to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Hana Sleiman
PhD student in History at the University of Cambridge, St John’s College; MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University (2013). Publications: “The Paper Trail of a Liberation Movement,” Arab Studies Journal 24, no. 1 (Spring 2016); 42 – 67. Co-authored “Archiving Palestinian Oral History: Problematics of Mediation,” Journal for Palestine Studies (2017); 63-76. Between 2014 and 2016, Sleiman was Special Collections Librarian at the American University of Beirut Archives, working on the Constantine Zurayk collection and the Palestinian Oral History Archive, among others. Her doctoral research is on the intellectual history of the modern Middle East, focusing on educational reformers in Beirut and the contest over higher education curricular reform in the early twentieth century.

Stephanie Wright
PhD student and Associate Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at the Australian National University; MA in Religious Studies (UC Santa Barbara, 2016); PhB in History (Hons) with university medal (ANU, 2013). Publications include ‘Reproducing Fear: Islamophobia in the United States’ (in Fear of Muslims, Springer, 2016); “From ‘Mohammedan Despotism’ to ‘Creeping Sharia’: Cultural (Re)Productions of Islamophobia in the United States” (Journal of Islamophobia Studies, 2016). Her current research examines the social and labour history of port-cities in the Eastern Mediterranean in the age of the new imperialism, and her dissertation will explore the history of Beirut's underworld from 1882-1915. 

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