MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Jere L. Bacharach Service Award

The MESA Service Award was established in 1996 and was first awarded at MESA’s 1997 annual meeting. In 2004 the award was named for Jere L. Bacharach in honor of his extraordinary service to MESA, many of her sister societies, and the field overall. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals through their outstanding service to MESA or the profession. Service is defined broadly to include work in diverse areas, including but not limited to outreach, librarianship, and film.

2017 Nomination Guidelines

MESA members are invited to submit written nominations for the 2017 Jere L. Bacharach Service Award. Letters of nomination should reflect extraordinary service to MESA or the field. The nominator should complete the official nomination form and include two additional reference letters in support of the nomination. The nominator should also append a short biographical sketch of the nominee and/or include a copy of the nominee's CV. Nominators are reminded that the award is intended for individuals who have served MESA and/or the field in an extraordinary way.

The awardee will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at MESA's annual meeting and will receive a beautifully matted and framed certificate and cash award of $1,000.

The nomination deadline for the 2017 Jere L. Bacharach Service Award is June 01, 2017. Nominations should be emailed to or mailed to:

Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
Middle East Studies Association
3542 N Geronimo Ave.
Tucson AZ 85705

Please address questions to:

Rose Veneklasen
Awards Coordinator
tel 520-333-2577
fax 520-207-3166

2016 Award Recipient

Ann Mosely Lesch
The American University in Cairo

The MESA Board of Directors selected and honored her with a certificate whose text reads:

  • In recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of Middle East studies;
  • With deep appreciation for the dedicated care and development of educational institutions in the United States and the Middle East (Villanova University, the American University in Cairo, and Lebanese American University) and her service to MESA as President (1995), member of the board of directors (1990-93), founding Chair of MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom (1991-94), editor of the MESA Bulletin (1997-99), and member of the Albert Hourani Book Award Committee (2003);
  • Vision and energy that fueled the creation of the Palestinian American Research Center and promoted the advancement of the Sudan Studies Association;
    Her pivotal role in the creation of MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom, as clerk of the Middle East advisory committee of the American Friends Service Committee, and as founding member of the Middle East Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch;
  • It is an honor to present Ann Mosely Lesch for her commitment to core principles, her unstinting cultivation of scholarly and educational networks and accomplished institution building.

Previous Awardees

2015 Virginia H. Aksan, McMaster University
2014 Günter Meyer, University of Mainz
2012 Erika H. Gilson, Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies
2011 Bruce Craig, University of Chicago

Michael C. Hudson
, Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore
2010 McGuire Gibson, University of Chicago
2009 Mary Ellen Lane, Council of American Overseas Research Ctrs
2008 Fred McGraw Donner, University of Chicago
2006 Howard A. Reed, University of Connecticut
2005 Ernest N. McCarus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2004 Jere L. Bacharach, University of Washington
2002 Jeanne Jeffers Mrad, Center for Maghrib Studies in Tunisia
2001 Elizabeth W. Fernea, University of Texas at Austin
2000 Louisa Moffit, Marist School (Atlanta)
1999 George N. Atiyeh, Library of Congress
1998 Richard L. Chambers, University of Chicago
1997 Ellen-Fairbanks D. Bodman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University

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