2020 Nominating Committee Election

We encourage all Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) to cast their vote for the 2020 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 Monday, March 2, 2020 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.


Narges Bajoghli
Narges Bajoghli is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Narges received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from NYU and is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer. Narges' academic research is at the intersections of media, power, and military. Her first book, Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic (2019), was based on ethnographic research in Iran among media producers in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its paramilitary organizations. She is currently working on a monograph based on fieldwork with survivors of chemical warfare in Iran.    

Guy Burak
Guy Burak is the Librarian for Middle East, Islamic and Jewish Studies at New York University. He received his Ph.D. from NYU in 2012. He is the author of The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Hanafi School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2015). In addition, his article appeared in numerous journals. He also serves on the editorial board of the Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES), where he is also the book review editor for Islamic Studies and Law. Burak is active in the Middle Eastern Librarian Association (MELA).

Roberta L. Dougherty
Librarian for Middle East Studies, Yale. M.I.L.S., School of Information, University of Michigan (1993); M.A., Georgetown University (1988). Publications: chapters in two edited volumes on the social construction of female entertainers in Egyptian popular culture. Conference presentations: history of Arabic-script printing and publishing, expressive culture and documentation of the Arab Spring, development of U.S. library collections for Middle East studies, 19th-century American Orientalism; at MESA, MELA, AAA, and MELCOM International. 2016 co-recipient of the David H. Partington Award (MELA) for contributions to Middle East librarianship. Three times V.P./President-Elect of MELA; MESA Publications Committee; board of advisors: Arabic Collections Online (NYU).

Brahim El Guabli
Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature at Williams College. His first book manuscript is entitled Other-Archives: Jews, Berbers, and Political Prisoners Rewrite the Post-1956 Moroccan Nation, and he is at work on a second book project entitled Saharan Imaginations, from Mild to Wild. His journal articles have appeared in Interventions, the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Arab Studies Journal, META, and the Journal of North African Studies, among others. He is co-editor of Lamalif: A Critical Anthology of Societal Debates in Morocco During the “Years of Lead” (1966-1988)  (Liverpool University Press, 2021).

Tarek El-Ariss
Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. His research interests include Arabic and comparative literature, visual studies and cyber culture, and modernity studies and critical theory. He is the author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political (Fordham, 2013) and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton, 2019), and editor of The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda (MLA, 2018).

Didem Havlioglu
Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Asian and Middle East Studies at Duke University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Washington, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. Her work is at the intersection of literature and history with a focus on gender and sexuality. She has published on and about women both in the early modern and modern Ottoman world. She is particularly interested in women’s ways of reconstructing themselves through writing and how they challenge and regenerate discursive practices in history.

Lisel Hintz
Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University – SAIS. After receiving her Ph.D. from George Washington University (2015), she was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University and taught at Barnard College. Her first book is Identity Politics Inside Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey (OUP, 2018); her current book project examines Turkey’s state-society struggles through pop culture. Her work appears in European Journal of International Relations, Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics, and International Journal of Turkish Studies. She writes on Turkey–MENA relations for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, and POMEPS.

Laurie King
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University. PhD 2002, Indiana University-Bloomington, Anthropology and Middle East Studies. Fulbright Dissertation Scholar in Israel (1991-93). Worked in human rights NGOs, publications, and journalism in the US and Lebanon before receiving PhD. Universal Jurisdiction for Humanitarian Crimes: The Belgian Experiment (forthcoming, Routledge), Chapter on “Kinship, Ethnicity and Social Class” in Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (2020) and special section on Globalization in Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Anthropology (2017). Columnist for Al-Mudun (Beirut). Sub-editor The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (2004). Academic Advisory Member, Arab Center-Washington. Former editor of Middle East Report.

José Ciro Martínez
Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He studied at Williams College before receiving his PhD degree in Politics at the University of Cambridge in 2018. Articles in BRIJMES, IJMES, MERIP, International Political Sociology and International Affairs. Currently completing monograph, The Politics of Bread: Performing the State in Hashemite Jordan.

Sara Pursley
Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University. PhD, History, CUNY Graduate Center, 2011. Author of Familiar Futures: Time, Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq (Stanford, 2019). Articles include “‘Ali al-Wardi and the Miracles of the Unconscious,” Psychoanalysis & History (2019); ‘Lines Drawn on an Empty Map’: Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State,” Jadaliyya (2015); and “The Stage of Adolescence: Anticolonial Time, Youth Insurgency, and the Marriage Crisis in Hashimite Iraq,” History of the Present (2012). Associate editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies from 2009-2014.

Mezna Qato
Margaret Anstee Research Fellow and affiliated lecturer in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. She was previously Junior Research Fellow at King’s College; Spencer Fellow at the National Academy of Education; and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Fellow at Columbia University. She is completing a book on the history of education for Palestinians. Her work has been published in MERIP, Journal of Palestine Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies and elsewhere. Her art has been in exhibition at the Venice Biennale and Performance Space/NY. She is a member of the MESA Committee on Academic Freedom.

Shira Robinson
Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She earned her PhD in History from Stanford University in 2005. She is the author of Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State (2013). Past service includes chairing the 2017 MESA Program Committee, three years on MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom, and two years on the Palestinian American Research Center’s Faculty Awards Committee. She also sat on the editorial board of the Middle East Report from 2009 to 2014 and has served as an associate editor of Review of Middle East Studies since 2017. 

Naghmeh Sohrabi
Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle Eastern History and Director for Research, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University; Ph.D. in History and Middle East Studies, Harvard University 2005. She has authored Taken for Wonder: Nineteenth Century Travel Accounts from Iran to Europe (OUP, 2012), articles in History Compass, IJMES, and Perspectives in History, and chapters in edited volumes. She is a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s New Directions fellowship, Brandeis University’s award for teaching excellence, and a co-recipient of a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar grant for comparative revolutions. She is currently the president-elect of the Association for Iranian Studies.

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College; PhD (2015) and BA (2004) in Anthropology, Columbia University; Msc in Forced Migration (2005), University of Oxford. She is the author of Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019) and articles in IJMES, CSSAAME, Jerusalem Quarterly, New Centennial Review, Arab Studies Journal, American Ethnologist, Anthropology Quarterly, and the Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series at the University of Oxford. Her new project explores Airbnb in Greece and Israel/Palestine. Currently at-large board member of AAA MES section and Fundraising Committee member of Insaniyyat: Society of Palestinian Anthropologists.

Hale Yilmaz
Associate Professor of History at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; M.A. (Political Science) and Ph.D. (History), University of Utah (1998, 2006), B.A. (International Relations), Marmara University, Istanbul.  Author of Becoming Turkish: Nationalist Reforms and Cultural Negotiations in Early Republican Turkey, 1923-1945.   Current research projects include Ottoman and Turkish panayırs (fairs/panegyreis), changes in gender relations, and a monograph on the history and memory of violence in an Aegean town (Menemen, 1930). She was recently secretary of OTSA (Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association). She has been a member of MESA since 1998 and has served on the editorial board of IJMES.


Andrew Alger
Andrew received a BA and MA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Chicago and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at the CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation examines urban development and space in twentieth-century Baghdad. His other research interests include modern Arabic literature, the social history of medicine and disease, and history of the emotions. Andrew has been the recipient of numerous research and travel grants, including a year-long fellowship to study advanced Arabic at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo and a five-year Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the Graduate Center.

Adey Almohsen
Adey Almohsen is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Minnesota. Almohsen is currently wrapping-up a dissertation entitled: On Modernism's Edge: An Intellectual History of Palestinians After 1948, which offers a comprehensive study of critical and modernist writing traditions in the Arab world during the two decades following WWII into the Six-Day War of 1967. Almohsen's research received support from institutions in the US, Europe, and the Middle East and, over a period of 20 months, he visited official and unofficial archival sites in Beirut and Amman and interviewed the foremost of Palestinian and Arab intellectuals.

Zachary Davis Cuyler
PhD candidate in History and Middle East & Islamic Studies at New York University. Currently writing dissertation on oil infrastructures, the built environment, and the political economy of Lebanon. Has published in Labor History, Middle East Report, and the edited volume Working for Oil. Assistant editor for the Arab Studies Journal. Co-organized “Energy and the Left” conferences at NYU in 2018 and 2019. Recipient of Palestinian American Research Center and Chateaubriand fellowships for dissertation research in Lebanon and France. Received numerous other grants, including FLAS and Arabic Flagship grants for language study. MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.

Amy Fallas
PhD Student in History at UC Santa Barbara. Amy’s dissertation probes the development of inter-faith charitable institutions in modern Egypt. She holds an MA in History of the Modern Middle East from Yale University and served as an editor of the Yale Journal for International Affairs. Her work is published in Jadaliyya, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Palestine Square, Coptic Canadian History Project and others. She’s currently an assistant editor at the Arab Studies Journal. Her awards include a Critical Languages Scholarship, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), and Yale Center for Race, Indigenous, and Transnational Migration Fellowship.

Lillian Frost
Peace and Security Predoctoral Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace and Minerva Research Initiative and Ph.D. candidate in political science at George Washington University. She has authored three chapters in three edited volumes on citizenship and migration in the Middle East. Her dissertation examines variations in the sets of rights in law and practice that Jordan has offered to different protracted refugee groups over time. Her research, including 14 months of fieldwork in Jordan, has received support from the Fulbright Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.

Michael Peddycoart
PhD candidate at the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations whose research examines the intellectual history of Palestinian leftist groups in the second half of the twentieth century. Michael’s research has been supported by the Nicholson Center for British Studies and University of Chicago Humanities Fellowship. He has received two American Councils Critical Language Scholarships in Arabic and Persian as well as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. Michael holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations from Stanford University.

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