2021 Nominating Committee Election

We encourage all Full members (Honorary Fellows, Fellows, and Students) to cast their vote for the 2021 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 Tuesday, March 9, 2021 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.


Attiya Ahmad 
Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. Studied at the University of Toronto (BA Hons, 2000) and Duke University (PhD, 2009). Past Visiting Fellow at: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Boğaziçi University and Stanford Humanities Centre. Author of book monograph Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and Migrant South Asian Women in Kuwait, 2017, Duke University Press. Currently undertaking multi-sited ethnographic research of the emergence of global halal tourism networks spanning Turkey, Spain, GCC, the UK, Singapore and Malaysia with support from National Science Foundation and an ALCS/Luce RIJA Fellowship.

Lisa Bhungalia 
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kent State University; Visiting Scholar, Heyman Center, Columbia University; American Council of Learned Societies Fellow; Palestinian American Research Center Fellow; PhD Geography, Syracuse University, 2013. Lisa Bhungalia’s publications include articles in Politics and Space, Political Geography, Geopolitics, Environment and Planning A, Geojournal, Middle East Report; online publications in Jadaliyya, Society and Space, and the Middle East Research and Information Report; book chapters in edited volumes and numerous book reviews. She is currently completing her book manuscript, “From the American People”: Aid, War, and the US Security State in Palestine. Extensive fieldwork carried out in Palestine.

Marie Grace Brown
Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas; Phd. University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Brown is the author of Khartoum at Night: Fashion and Body Politics in Imperial Sudan (2017), with a manuscript in progress titled, “Sex on the Edge: Adventures in Romance in Imperial Sudan.” She has published articles in Gender & History, IJMES, al Hadatha al Sudania, and the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History along with a chapter in the edited volume, FashionScapes: On Histories, Materialities and Aesthetic Practices in the Afropolis (forthcoming). Brown is an advisory board member for Gumri, a nonprofit capacity-sharing organization in Sudan.

Michelle Campos 
Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2003, her MA in 1997, and her BA in 1993. Michelle Campos’s publications include her book Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth Century Palestine, articles in CSSH, CSSAAME, IJMES, among others, and various book chapters in edited volumes.  She is currently completing a book on neighborhood life and intercommunal relations in 19th and early 20th century Jerusalem, and she is also editing the translated memoirs of a Maghrebi Jewish public figure in late Ottoman Palestine.

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.

Sargon Donabed 
Associate Professor of History and Cultural Studies at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. MS Anthrozoology (Animal Studies), Canisius College 2019. PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto in 2010. His work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals from National Identities to Folklore to Chronos. Has been co-editor and contributor to many edited works. Series editor of Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean (EUP). Monograph Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the 20th Century (2015). Co-founder of Assyrian Studies Association Inc (2019), an affiliate of MESA.

Ziad Fahmy
Professor of History and NES Department Chair at Cornell University. Received history Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2007.  Author of Street Sounds: Listening to Everyday Life in Modern Egypt (SUP 2020), and Ordinary Egyptians: Creating the Modern Nation through Popular Culture (SUP 2011). He is currently writing his third book, Broadcasting Identity: Radio and the Making of Modern Egypt. His articles have appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, IJMES, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, History Compass, and CSSAME. His research has been ‎supported by the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the NEH, and ARCE.

Laura Frances Goffman
Assistant Professor of health studies of the Middle East and North Africa in the School of MENAS at The University of Arizona. Studied at Grinnell College and NYU before receiving her Ph.D. in History from Georgetown in 2019. 2019-2020 Post-Doctoral Fellow in the project “The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East” at the University of Oslo. Winner of the 2019 Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) Dissertation Award. Publications include articles in Women’s History Review (2018) and Radical History Review (forthcoming, 2021). Currently serves as Awards Coordinator on the AGAPS Board of Directors. 

Marwan M. Kraidy
Dean and CEO, Northwestern Qatar; Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, Northwestern; Fellowships: Andrew Carnegie, Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, Woodrow Wilson, NIAS; Notable books: Hybridity, or the Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple UP, 2005), Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge UP, 2010), The Naked Blogger of Cairo (Harvard UP 2016); Edward Said Chair in American Studies, AUB; Dupront Chair, Sorbonne; Contributing Editor, Current History; Board of Directors, American Council of Learned Societies, New York; International Advisory Board, Center for American Studies and Research, AUB; Founding Director and Board of Advisors, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Penn.

Vickie Langohr 
Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross; Ph.D. Columbia University, 2000. She has published on civil society and women’s rights in the Arab world in edited volumes, in Comparative Politics, the Journal of Democracy, Contemporary Studies in Society and History and the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and on the websites of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. She is writing a book on movements against public sexual harassment in Egypt since 2011.  She is a member of the Middle East Report Board of Directors and served on MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom from 2013-2019.

Tsolin Nalbantian
Assistant Professor, Modern Middle East History, Leiden University. MA, New York University, 2003: PhD, Columbia University, 2011. Key publications: Armenians Beyond Diaspora: Making Lebanon Their Own (Edinburgh UP, 2019); articles in Mashriq & Mahjar, MESA Review, History Compass. Service: Co-series editor, Critical, Connected Histories (Leiden UP); advisory editorial board member of Journal for the Society of Armenian Studies and of the series Armenians in the Modern and Early Modern World (IB Tauris); board member, Lebanese Studies Association; chair, Women Historians of the Middle East and North Africa prize committee.

Nova Robinson
Assistant Professor of History and International Studies at Seattle University. She received her PhD from Rutgers in 2015. Her research is situated at the intersection of women’s history, Middle Eastern history, and the history of international governance. Her manuscript Truly Sisters: Arab Women and International Women’s Rights is under review at Stanford University Press. She is also co-editor with Bonnie G. Smith of the Routledge Global History of Feminism. Recent articles and roundtable pieces have been published in the IJMES, JMEWS, and the Arab Studies Journal. She was the founding chair of the WHOMES Prize Committee from 2017-2020. 

Zainab Saleh
Assistant professor of anthropology at Haverford College. Her research focuses on memory, nostalgia, belonging, war, and violence in Iraq and the Iraqi Diaspora. She is the author of Return to Ruin: Iraqi Narratives of Exile and Nostalgia (Stanford University Press, 2020).  Currently, she is working on a book project titled, Uprooted Memories: Citizenship, Denaturalization, and Deportation in Iraq, which focuses on the deportation of Iraqi Jews, Iraqis of Iranian origin, and communist throughout the twentieth century. Her work also appeared in American Anthropologist, Arab Studies Journal, Anthropology News, and Costs of War project with Brown University.

John M. Willis
Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He received his PhD in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from New York University in 2007.  He is the author of Unmaking North and South:  Cartographies of the Yemeni Past (2012) and is currently writing a monograph entitled Meccan Revelations:  Islam and Politics in Other Spaces.  He has published articles in The American Historical Review, the International History Review, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

Sean Yom
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair, Department of Political Science, Temple University; Ph.D., Harvard (2009). His work explores authoritarianism, political economy, and foreign policy. He has authored From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2016), two Routledge textbooks about Middle East states and societies, and articles in Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Middle East Journal, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and other journals. He is writing two new books about Jordanian politics and transnational repression, respectively. He serves on the steering committee of the Project on Middle East Political Science.


Wisam Alshaibi 
PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Research specializations: historical and political sociology; political violence, war, and human rights; Ba’thist Iraq, and US foreign policy. Wisam is writing a dissertation on the role of the Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein in pushing the United States to war with Iraq. He recently published “Weaponizing Iraq’s Archives,” as the lead article in MERIP. The article examines the efforts of the US Defense Department in conjunction with the Iraqi exile Kanan Makiya to use atrocities in the records of the Iraqi Ba’th Party to retroactively justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.

Kylie Broderick
Ph.D. student and Mellon Fellow in modern Middle East history, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her M.A. at George Mason University in Middle East and Islamic Studies (2017) and her B.A. at North Carolina State University in International Studies (2015). Kylie Broderick is a teaching assistant at the UNC and teaches the Modern Middle East course at the National Humanities Center. She is the Managing Editor of Jadaliyya and the Co-Coordinator for the Think Tanks Database of the Knowledge Production Project. She has bylines in Epoch Magazine, Jadaliyya, The Maydan, and elsewhere.

Jowel Choufani
PhD student of Anthropology at The George Washington University (GWU). She previously studied at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the American University of Beirut (AUB) and worked in international development research at the International Food Policy Research Institute and at AUB’s Center for Research on Population and Health. Choufani has co-authored several multidisciplinary research articles focused on food insecurity in Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon. She is a PhD Affiliate at GWU’s Institute for Middle East Studies, has had her research supported by the American Ethnological Society, and has presented her research at MESA.

Stephanie Kraver
PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago focusing on Palestinian and Israeli political poetry in the twentieth century. Her research bestrides literature and constructions of memory after loss. Stephanie graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2012. In 2016, she earned her Master of Arts degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, where she was a Foreign Language and Area Studies scholar and the 2016 recipient of the Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Prize. She has a forthcoming publication in the co-edited book volume, Refiguring Loss: North African and Middle Eastern Literature and Film Remember Jews.

Owain Lawson
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University and Co-Editor of Arab Studies Journal. He has received an MA and MPhil History from Columbia, MA Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, and BA English from Concordia University (Montréal). His first peer-reviewed article is scheduled for publication in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, other publications in Arab Studies Quarterly, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and Jadaliyya. He is co-editor of Jadaliyya’s Environment Page, Website Editor of the Lebanese Studies Association, and teaches through Columbia and Cornell University’s respective Prison Education Programs.

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