MESA - Middle East Studies Association

2011 MESA Award Recipients

2011 Albert Hourani Book Awards

Winner

Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced
Rochelle A. Davis
Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
Published by Stanford University Press, 2010

Winner

Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915
Nile Green
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2011

2011 Houshang Pourshariati Book Award in Iranian Studies

Winner

From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Networks of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa
Sebouh Aslanian
Assistant Professor at the Department of History at UCLA and
Richard Hovannisian Term Chair in Modern Armenian History
Published by University of California Press, 2011

2011 Roger Owen Book Award

Winner

Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History
Alan Mikhail
Assistant Professor, Yale University
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2011

 

2011 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Humanities

Winner

Revolution and Absolutism: Oman, 1965-1976
Abdel Razzaq Takriti
S.G. Younis Junior Research Fellow in Political History, University of Oxford
Dissertation from University of Oxford, Faculty of History
Supervisor – Eugene Rogan

 

2011 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences

Winner

Prozàk Diaries: Post-Rupture Subjectivities and Psychiatric Futures
Orkideh Behrouzan
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch
Dissertation from MIT, HASTS
Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society
Michael Fischer, Advisor

2011 MESA Mentoring Awards

Ira Lapidus

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the education and training of others in Middle East studies,
With deep appreciation for a wide ranging curiosity and intellectual flexibility such that students from vastly different disciplines and regional specialties found in him a welcoming and invigorating teacher and advisor,
And for his care to foster in his students both their scholarly capacity and their professional capability
It is an honor to recognize Ira M. Lapidus, an outstanding mentor and exemplary colleague who represents and encourages the best in Middle East studies.

Clement Moore Henry

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the education and training of others in Middle East studies,
With deep appreciation for his ability to relate to students while educating them, and for his penchant for writing comments in margins that are simultaneously incisive and hilarious; and for  providing a model of excellence in teaching and collegiality.
It is an honor to recognize Clement Moore Henry, an outstanding mentor and exemplary colleague who represents and encourages the best in Middle East studies.

 

2011 MESA Jere L. Bacharach Service Awards

Bruce Craig

In recognition of his exceptional service to the field of Middle East studies,
With great admiration for over forty years of dedication to the development of new research and publication venues, among them the Middle East Documentation Center, the Middle East Microforms Project, the Mamluk Bibliography Project and Mamluk Studies Review  and his commitment to making them available to researchers around the world;
For his role in in the foundation of the Middle East Librarians Association and his service as its first president, and for his unstinting support for students and their scholarship;
It is an honor to recognize editor, bibliographer extraordinaire, mentor, academic entrepreneur and innovator, Bruce Craig, whose wide-ranging expertise and love of research have benefited us all. 


Michael Hudson

In recognition of his exceptional service to the field of Middle East studies,
With great admiration for decades of commitment to the field through, membership, academic participation, and administrative leadership serving as MESA president and as the director of centers at Georgetown and the National University of Singapore and,
For the hundreds of outreach hours spent working with journalists and the media conveying knowledge and informed viewpoints to the general public all over the world. 
It is an honor to recognize, Michael C. Hudson, whose wide-ranging expertise and focused energy have benefited us all. 

 

2011 Academic Freedom Award

To all faculty, students and staff of Bahraini institutions of higher education who, by speaking out, documenting abuses, and engaging in myriad other forms of resistance have struggled against a range of  brutal assaults by the Bahraini government upon academic freedom and upon the autonomy and integrity of the country's educational institutions.

Press Release (English)
Press Release (Arabic)

2011 Graduate Student Paper Prize

Winner

Saving Egypt’s Village Girls: Rights, Embodiment and Gendered Vulnerability in a Global Youth Initiative
Rania Kassab Sweis
Stanford University, Dept of Anthropology
Nominated by Sylvia Yanagisako



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