About MESA Global Academy

What is MESA Global Academy?
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Global Academy is an interdisciplinary initiative that sustains essential research collaborations and knowledge production among scholars in the humanities and social sciences from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and their counterparts outside the region.
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The Global Academy supports scholars working in two broad thematic areas: governance, accountability, and the rule of law; and fairness and economic equality. The Global Academy conceives of these two areas in interdisciplinary terms, and invites scholars to apply from the humanities and social sciences, from comparative literature, history, and Islamic studies to political science, anthropology, economics, and beyond.
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How do I apply?
The MESA Global Academy is excited to announce a call for applications for scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. The Global Academy will award up to 12 scholars in the field of Middle East Studies a $5,000 grant to further their research and collaboration with MENA-focused scholars in North America.
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The MESA Global Academy Fellows Panel meets virtually in 2020.
Global Academy Scholar Issam Eido presents his research.

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MESA Global Academy Scholars

Scholarship Eligibility Information

Competitive fellowships are available for scholars from the MENA region who are currently displaced in North America and whose work is broadly focused on Middle East Studies. Eligibility criteria are: 1) a PhD or equivalent in a field in the social sciences or humanities (graduate students will not be considered); 2) a primary institutional affiliation in the MENA region prior to displacement; and 3) a publication record indicating scholarly productivity (in English, French, a native MENA language, or principal research language of the field).

The Making and Unmaking of Borders and the State

On October 8, 2021, Dr. Ahmad Mohammadpour of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Dilan Okcuoglu of American University, and Dr. Basileus Zeno of Amherst College presented their respective research in Iran, Turkey, and Syria in this event co-sponsored by UCLA and USC.

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Islamism and Urban Politics

On April 30, 2021, Cornell University's Institute for European Studies hosted Utku Balaban of Amherst College, who spoke on the relationship between postwar urban growth and Islamic revivalism in Turkey.

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Populism and Turkey: Domestic and Foreign Dimensions

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at George Mason University hosted an online event with Evren Altinkas (University of Guelph) and Nihat Celik (San Diego State University) April 28 on “Populism and Turkey: Domestic and Foreign Dimensions.”

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Recent and Upcoming Events from MESA Global Academy