Global Academy Committee

Members of the MESA Global Academy Committee

Asli Bali
Bali is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Faculty Director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights. She was previously Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. Bali chairs MESA’s Task Force on Civil and Human Rights.
Beth Baron
Baron is Distinguished Professor, Department of History, The City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York. She also serves as Director of the Graduate Center’s Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. Baron is a former president of MESA and former editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies.
Asli Igsiz
Igsiz is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University and a member of MESA’s Board.
Mimi Kirk
Kirk is Global Academy’s Program Manager. She previously served as Managing Director of Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network.
Greta Scharnweber
Scharnweber is Director of the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program at the Institute of International Education. A long-time MESA member, she served as Associate Director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University from 2008-2018, and was PIER Outreach Director at the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University from 2004-2008.
Judith Tucker
Tucker is Professor of History at Georgetown University. She previously served as Director of Georgetown’s Master of Arts in Arab Studies Program. Tucker is a past president of MESA and former editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies.