Related Organizations

American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA)

Membership: 400. Annual dues: $50 regular; $15 student, $200 institutional. AATA is an association of professionals, students, institutions, and other individuals interested in Arabic language teaching, Arabic literature and Arabic linguistics. The purpose of AATA is to contribute to the enhancement of study, criticism, and research in all these areas. Meetings and programs are held in conjunction with MESA. AATA publishes Al-‘Arabiyya, a journal containing articles by AATA members and others interested in Arabic language scholarship. Executive Director: Aman Attieh (610-223-0474), (

American Association of Teachers of Persian (AATP)

Founded in 1989. Annual membership: Full Members: $40, Students/Community School Teachers: $25, Institutional $200. AATP is a non-profit, professional organization whose objective shall be to advance and improve the study and teaching of the Persian language and culture; to promote research in the field of Persian language, linguistics, and literature; to further the common interests of teachers in the field; and to facilitate communication and professional cooperation among its members. President: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, McGill University (514-398-4400 ext. 09578). Executive Secretary: Parvaneh Hosseini (520-665-9632).

American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT)

Founded in 1985. Annual dues: $25 full/associate; $15 student; $50-$500 institutional. The objective of the Association is to advance and improve the teaching of the Turkic languages; to promote study, criticism, and research in the field of the Turkic languages and literatures; and to further the common interests of teachers of these subjects. The Association publishes a bi-annual newsletter. Since 2004, the Association hosts a very successful graduate student pre-conference prior to the CESS and/or MESA conference. An AATT-listserv informs members of the latest news including open positions in the field, and study and scholarship opportunities. Please visit our webpage. President: Roberta Micallef; Executive Secretary: Dr. Ercan Balci; Treasurer: Dr. Feride Hatiboglu. Contact us at:  


ACOR is a private, non-profit academic research center founded in 1968. It has a significant library as well as a large hostel in Amman and permanent headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  With its core mission to advance knowledge of Jordan past and present, ACOR has become an international hub for scholars and students to conduct long-term research in diverse topics within the humanities and social sciences in the wider MENA region. ACOR provides fellowships funded by NEH, CAORC, and private donors, and in recent years has offered an award to support a former ACOR fellow presenting at the MESA annual meeting. Among other publications, ACOR provides a newsletter twice a year in print and online and has published a number of significant archaeological publications relevant to Jordan. No membership is required. See for more information and for general inquiries, please write to

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

Membership: 300. Annual dues: $100 full; $50 student; $500 institutional. AIMS is a private nonprofit, nonpolitical organization which promotes the systematic study of North Africa (Maghrib). AIMS sponsors The Journal of North African Studies, publishes an annual report, an annual roster of members, and research directory, sponsors yearly academic conferences in North Africa, provides funding support for students and scholars to perform research in the Maghrib, offers competitions for prizes and travel awards, has an annual dissertation workshop and mentoring program for student members, and maintains overseas research centers in Tunis (CEMAT), Tangier (TALIM), and Oran (CEMA). To submit articles to the Journal, contact: Phillip Naylor, Publications Officer. For other information on AIMS programs and membership, please contact: Terry Ryan, AIMS U.S. Director, 520-626-6498 or visit the website.

American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)

Founded in 1977. Institutional and individual membership over 200. Annual dues: $25 regular, $10 students/emeriti (+$10 for overseas addresses); $250 institutional. AIYS is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that promotes pre- and post-doctoral research on Yemen and related areas. AIYS is a resource for individual scholars and institutional members’ projects in Yemen by providing a variety of services. AIYS conducts annual pre- and post-doctoral fellowship competitions for US students and students; under normal conditions fellows may opt to do research, intensive Arabic, or a combination of the two. AIYS also has a fellowship program for Yemeni scholars to do research in Yemen. AIYS publishes an annual bulletin, Yemen Update, and occasional monographs. Annual board and business meetings are held at MESA. Executive Director: Council of American Overseas Research Centers, PO Box 37012, MRC 178, Washington, DC 20013-7012 (202-633-1610; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.

American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS)

Founded in 2003. Annual dues: $25 individuals; $500 institutions. The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies is a private, scholarly institution founded to support research on all aspects of Afghanistan's history and culture and to promote scholarly ties between Afghanistan and the United States. AIAS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). AIAS maintains a research center in Kabul, Afghanistan, offers fellowships, and sponsors panels and conferences. President: Thomas Barfield. Direct inquiries to: James Souza, U.S. Administrative Director, 232 Bay State Road, #426, Boston MA 02215 (617 358-4648; fax: 617 358-4650;

American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS)

Founded in 1967. Annual dues: $750.00 institutional. AIIrS is a nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization and a member of CAORC. AIIrS supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of Iran and Persian culture and civilization from the earliest periods to the present. Its purview is the historical Persian world of Central Asia, the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern political state of Iran. AIIrS awards student fellowships for Persian language study in Tajikistan, as well as pre-doctoral and senior grants for Iranian Studies research. It supports occasional conferences and awards the annual Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize. Executive Director: Erica Ehrenberg, 118 Riverside Dr., New York NY 10024 (212 874-4094; fax: 646 863 2224; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS)

Founded in 1973. Annual dues: $25 individuals; $250 institutional. AIPS is a nonprofit organization constituted as a consortium of universities and colleges, and is a member of CAORC. Its mission is to encourage and support research on issues relevant to Pakistan and the promotion of scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan. It maintains research centers in Islamabad and Lahore, offers fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral research, and sponsors conferences and panels at national meetings. AIPS publishes a newsletter and supports publications in the field. President: Farhat Haq, Monmouth College. U.S. Office: American Institute of Pakistan Studies, B488 Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 53706 (608 265-1471;  

American Numismatic Society (ANS)

Founded in 1858. Membership: 2000. Annual dues: $125 foreign associate; $120 full associate; $95 basic associate; $60-80 student associate; $190 library associate; $780 corporate associate; $8,000 life membership. The ANS mission is to be the preeminent national institution advancing the study and appreciation of coins, medals and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents; by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection and library; by supporting scholarly research and publications; and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences. Executive Director: Ute Wartenberg. For membership, contact: Membership Office, The American Numismatic Society, 75 Varick Street, Floor 11, New York NY 10013 (212 571-4470 ext. 117; fax: 212 571-4479;  

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) 

Founded in 1948. Annual dues: $40 student; $75 regular; $60 retired. ARCE is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research in Egypt on all phases of Egyptian civilization and culture and promotes and strengthens American-Egyptian ties. ARCE provides a permanent archaeological and research base in Cairo for American scholars. ARCE supports an extensive program of research fellowships, archaeological excavations and surveys, and special historical and literary studies. In collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities, and with funding from the United States Agency of International Development (USAID), ARCE works to preserve the country’s antiquities through documentation, conservation, training, and publication. ARCE publishes a bulletin, a journal, and an annual conservation report, and holds an annual conference. Cairo office: Director, Louise Bertini, 2 Midan Simon Bolivar, Garden City, Cairo, 11461 Egypt (20 22794-8239; fax: 20 2 2795-3052). US office: Director, Jane Zimmerman, ARCE, 909 North Washington Street, Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-721-3479). Direct membership inquiries to the US address above.  

Arab American Studies Association (AASA)

Founded in 2012. Annual Membership Dues: $20 Student; $50 Individual; $500 Institutional. The Arab American Studies Association (AASA) is a non-profit, nonpolitical, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the study of the history, culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of Arab American experience. The Association aims to advance the field of Arab American studies and to stimulate research in diasporic, transnational, as well as North American Arab American experiences and cultural expressions. Through organizing annual meetings in conjunction with MESA, along with tri-annual conferences dedicated to Arab American studies, AASA hopes to facilitate communication and collaboration among its members and others interested in the study of Arab Americans. For membership information, contact: Matthew Stiffler. President, Sally Howell, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)

Founded in 2012.  Dues: $30 regular; $15 student; $600 lifetime; $500 institutional. The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) is a scholarly association. Its objectives are to promote high standards of scholarship and instruction, to facilitate collaboration between scholars, to encourage fieldwork and to mentor graduate students. AGAPS is multi-disciplinary and defines its area of study broadly to include the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, inclusive of the transnational flow of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. AGAPS is dedicated to innovative research agendas, high standards of scholarship and instruction, new networks of collaboration, the promotion of fieldwork in the GAP, the integration of promising graduate students and diverse membership in gender, discipline, age, location and area expertise. AGAPS hopes to encourage research agendas that are fresh and nuanced, both in theory and empiricism. For inquiries, participation, or membership, please contact: Fahed Al-Sumait, President or visit the AGAPS website

Association for Iranian Studies (AIS)

Founded in 1967. Annual dues (include journal): 2-year Individual $150; 2-year Student $80; 2-year Independent $120; $250 institutions (includes on line journal). AIS is a professional society to support and promote the field of Iranian studies at the international level. AIS publishes the journal, Iranian Studies, and convenes biennial conferences. President: Camron Michael Amin. Executive Director: Rivanne Sandler. For further information, please consult the society website.  

Association for Israel Studies (AIS)

Founded in 1985. Annual dues: Regular Membership: $120; Independent Scholars $60; Retirees: $95; Students: $25. AIS is an international scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in, scholarly inquiry about the state, society, history and culture of Israel. In 1996, AIS established a graduate student organization. AIS publishes the biannual, Israel Studies Review. Annual meetings in the late spring, and
panels at MESA, APSA and ISA. President: Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College. For membership and information, visit the AIS website.

Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)

Founded in 1985. Subscription costs, which includes annual dues: $75 Individual and Professor (with print and online subscription; $55 with online only); $50 retiree/independent scholar/low income nation citizen (with print and online subscription; $30 if online only); $35 student/activist (with print and online subscription; $15 if online only). AMEWS  is an organization of scholars and individuals with an interest in women and gender studies in the context of the Middle East/ North Africa and beyond, including transnational and diasporic communities in Europe, and North and South America. Its triennial publication, The Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS), published by Duke University Press, advances the fields of women's and gender studies through contributions across disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and other fields. JMEWS encourages research that is theoretically, epistemologically, and methodologically innovative. Membership to AMEWS and AMEWS list-serv is through JMEWS at Duke University Press. For membership, contact: Angie Abdelmonem, AMEWS Secretary. Visit the AMEWS website.

Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA)

Founded in 2007. Annual dues: $50 US/$40 ME; $30 US students/$20 ME students; $75 institutional. The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) is a private, non-profit, non-political, international organization. An affiliate organization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the College Art Association (CAA), AMCA aims to advance the study of this emerging field through the creation of a network of interested scholars and organizations. We will facilitate communication and cooperation among those in the field by sponsoring conferences, holding meetings, and exchanging information via a newsletter and website.  AMCA is a member-based, professional organization.  Contact:; Visit the AMCA website.

Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS)

Founded in 1996. Annual dues: $200 institutional; $80 regular; $40 student. ASPS is a nongovernmental, nonpolitical, and nonprofit professional organization for researchers, scholars, academics, and all other persons interested in the areas based on the Persian language, with special regard for scholars in Iran, South Asia, and Central Asia. The main objectives are: to promote research in the social sciences and humanities; to create, develop and encourage scientific, cultural and educational exchange and communication; and to enhance public culture and mutual understanding within the region. Publishes an annual journal, Studies on Persianate Societies, holds a biennial convention, and offers two grants; 1-ASPS/MANNU Visiting Scholar Fellowship and 2-CERF to support original research leading to the publication of a book or monograph concerning Persianate culture by individual scholars from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Northwest China. ASPS has regional offices in Vienna, Dushanbe, Islamabad, Lahore, New Delhi, Patna, Sarajevo, Shiraz, Tashkent, Tehran and Yerevan. President: Sunil Sharma. Membership information and form are on the website.  

Association of Middle East Anthropology (AMEA)

AMEA is a non-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to the ethnographic study of the culture, literature, art, music, politics, religion, and other aspects of the Middle East. The Association aims to stimulate academic research in Anthropological studies of the Middle East and to advance the study of the Anthropology of the Middle East. Through organizing annual meetings in conjunction with MESA, AMEA aims to facilitate communication and cooperation among its members and others interested in Anthropological studies of the Middle East alongside its sister organization the Middle East section of the Anthropological Association. For inquiries and membership, contact: Kim Shively.  

Association of Middle East Children and Youth Studies (AMECYS)

The Association of Middle East Children and Youth Studies (AMECYS) is a private, non-profit, international association for scholars with an interest in the study of children and youth in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporic communities. Through interdisciplinary programs, publications, and services, AMECYS promotes innovative scholarship, facilitates global academic exchange, and enhances public understanding about Middle Eastern children and youth in diverse times and places. A substantial number of MESA members who identify as specialists in this subfield are its members. AMECYS was formed in 2017 and although in its infancy, has already attracted over 250 scholars globally to its listserv.  An AMECYS Graduate Student Paper Prize is awarded in November and AMECYS aspires to regularly sponsor panels and a reception at MESA, host its own website, and hold a workshop. Membership is open to those interested in this subject. For those interested in AMECYS, please contact  Membership is $10 student member, $20 member, payable through PayPal. For more information about AMECYS, please visit the website.

Assyrian Studies Association (ASA)

The Assyrian Studies Association, Inc. (ASA) is a 501C3 organization that fosters interest in and academic study of the longue durée of the Assyro-Mesopotamian heritage through supporting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, scholarly publications, and collaborative projects. ASA facilitates contact and exchange of information between students, scholars, academic organizations, and communities across various disciplines and functions as an instrument to advance studies on the Assyrian people and their culture from ancient to modern times on an academic level and beyond. It supports book prizes and research as well as a biennial conference on Assyrian studies. For information on membership see ASA website.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Founded in 1967. CASA offers intensive advanced Arabic language and culture training to members of the academic community-at-large who represent various disciplines in the area of Middle Eastern studies.  CASA represents a consortium of thirty-four universities in the US in addition to the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan where CASA’s training sites are located. CASA is overseen by a governing council representing the members of the CASA Consortium and receives funding primarily from the US Department of Education, with support from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt. Director (US): Nevenka Korica Sullivan. Stateside Program Coordinator (US): Sarah Stoll. Executive Director (Cairo): Heba Salem; Executive Director (Jordan): Khaled Abu Amsha. Contact information: Center for Arabic Study Abroad, Harvard University, 38 Kirkland St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617-495–4078; 617-476-8584 fax); ). Direct membership inquiries to the address above.  

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)

Founded in 1981. Membership: CAORC has member centers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, West Africa, Yemen. CAORC speaks in support of overseas research centers; helps expand the resource base and raise the profile of member centers; fosters new channels of communication and collaboration among centers leading to a strengthening of academic programs and administrative procedures; fosters research projects across national boundaries; serves as advocate for area studies, and facilitates the establishment of new research centers. CAORC, PO Box 37012, MRC-178, Washington, DC 20013-7012 (202 633-1599; fax: 202 633-3141; Direct membership inquiries to the address above.  

Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) 

Founded in 1982. Membership: 250. Annual dues: $45 regular; $25 students; $60 joint; $105 sustaining; $105 institutional. HIAA’s purpose is to promote high standards of scholarship and instruction in the history of Islamic arts; facilitate communication among its members through meetings, the HIAA newsletter and directory; and promote scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with the study of Islamic arts. HIAA holds a periodic majlis or meeting of its members, in conjunction with meetings of the College Art Association (CAA) or MESA, as well as a biennial symposium. To encourage scholarly contributions to the fields of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology, particularly by our junior members, HIAA also awards various competitive prizes: the Margaret B. Ševčenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture, for the best unpublished article written by a junior scholar; and the Grabar Grants and Fellowships, a new program, supported by the Oleg Grabar Memorial Fund, intended to further research and assist participation in scholarly meetings.  President: Sussan Babaie;  Treasurer: Marika Sardar; Secretary: Amanda Phillips.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.

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