MESA Announces 2020 Award Recipients

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2020 MESA Award Recipients & Honorees

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MESA Academic Freedom Award
Laila Soueif, Cairo University

MESA Mentoring Award
Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania

Jere L. Bacharach Service Award
Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth College
James F. Goode, Grand Valley State University

Albert Hourani Book Award
Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford University Press)
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Bard College

Honorable Mention
What is 'Islamic' Art? Between Religion and Perception (Cambridge University Press)
Wendy M. K. Shaw, Free University Berlin

Nikki Keddie Book Award
Drugs Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press)
Maziyar Ghiabi, SOAS, University of London and University of Exeter

Honorable Mention
A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa (Columbia University Press)
M'hamed Oualdi, Sciences Po

Fatema Mernissi Book Award
Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey (University of California Press)
Salih Can Açıksöz, UCLA

Honorable Mention
Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society (Columbia University Press)
Zahra Ayubi, Dartmouth College

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities
Muʿtaqal Machine: Power, Gender and Identity in Egypt’s Political Prisons, 1948-1981
Hannah Elsisi Ashmawi, University of Oxford, Faculty of History, supervised by Marilyn Booth

Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences
The Sublime Post: A History of Empire and Power through the Ottoman Post Station System, 1600-1839
Choon Hwee Koh, Yale University, Department of History, supervised by Alan Mikhail

Honorable Mention
Drones, Sirens, and Prayer Calls: Unheard Consequences of a Politics of Sound
Michelle D. Weitzel, New School for Social Research, Department of Politics, supervised by Rafi Youatt

Student Paper Prize
Language in Medical Worlds: The Politics of Hearing Technology, Speaking, and Arabic for Deaf Children in Jordan
Timothy Y. Loh, MIT, Doctoral Program in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology, and Society

Honorable Mention
‘This Our Cousin Does Not Yet Understand,’ The Arab ‘Cousins’ in the Early Zionist Imagination
Guy Yadin Evron, New York University, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies


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