MESA Task Force Public Records Research Assistant

The Middle East Studies Association seeks a part time research assistant for a project concerning abuse of public records acts and laws as a means of harassment and intimidation of scholars and administrators. The research assistant will primarily be collecting data on the filing of public record act requests concerning scholarship about the Middle East at public universities in the United States. The RA will take the lead in compiling information provided by the MESA membership, as well as soliciting information from lawyers and scholars working on this issue in order to document the nature and scope of requests as well as variations in legal strategies for responding to requests. The RA will also work with the MESA Task Force on Civil and Human Rights to collate and analyze the data and prepare materials to assist members who are targeted with such requests as they seek guidance in determining their rights. Desirable qualifications include proficiency in Excel and Adobe and some experience conducting research and interviews. The position pays $15/hour, with an expectation of 10-15 hours a week for six months. Shared workspace is available at the MESA office in George Washington University. To apply, please send a CV, a personal statement outlining interest and qualifications, and contact information for two professional references to


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