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Middle East and North Africa Politics (Section 49)

The Middle East and North Africa Politics Section is an academic society at the American Political Science Association (APSA), established to support, develop and publish research on the politics of the MENA region utilizing interdisciplinary methodological, theoretical and empirical tools. It seeks to fully integrate the rigorous study of the politics of the Middle East with the broader discipline of Political Science, to serve as an institutional home for the community of political scientists dedicated to the Middle East, and to fully integrate scholars from the MENA region and diverse scholars from the United States into the global study of Middle East politics.

Founded: 2018
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Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

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Best Book on MENA Politics Award

Awarded for the best book published  in the previous year (January-December).   Monographs utilizing any methodological, theoretical, and empirical tools for the study of the politics of the Middle East and North Africa will be considered.  Edited volumes, handbooks, and similar works will not be considered.  If there are sufficient nominations, the award committee may choose to split the award into “first book” and “second+ book” categories. Please submit nominations or self-nominations to the award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Book Nomination” at [email protected] by January 1. Electronic copies of the nominated book should be sent to the chair of the award committee. Members of the award committee who have worked closely with a nominee (as advisor, dissertation committee member, co-author, etc.) will recuse themselves from deliberation over that nominee's work. Deadline for nominations: January 1, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Khalid Medani McGill University  
Avital Livny University of Illinois [email protected]

Best Dissertation in MENA Politics

Awarded for the best doctoral thesis defended in the previous academic year. (August-July). To be considered, the dissertation must be nominated by the dissertation adviser or another faculty member familiar with the work; self-nominations are not permitted and dissertations may only be nominated once.  The nominator should submit a short letter explaining why the dissertation makes an exceptional contribution to  the study of the politics of the Middle East and the broader discipline of Political Science; this letter should also indicate if any portion of the dissertation has been published in article format and/or if it is being nominated for another section award. Work utilizing any methodological, theoretical, and empirical tools for the study of the politics of the Middle East and North Africa will be considered. Please submit nomination letters, with the dissertation as a PDF attachment, to the chair of the award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Dissertation Nomination” at [email protected] by January 1. A member of the selection committee may not nominate their own graduate student and will recuse themselves from deliberations over their student’s work should it be nominated. Deadline for nominations: January 1, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Ian Hartshorn University of Nevada, Reno [email protected]
Jannis Grimm Freie Universität-Berlin [email protected]
Neil Ketchley  Oxford University [email protected]

Best MENA Politics APSA Paper

Awarded for the best conference paper presented at the previous annual meeting of the APSA.  Papers utilizing any methodological, theoretical, and empirical tools for the study of the politics of the Middle East and North Africa will be considered. Please submit nominations or self-nominations to the award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Paper Nomination” at [email protected] by January 1. Deadline for nominations: January 1, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Lisel Hintz Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies [email protected]
Bozena Welborne Smith College [email protected]
Fotini Christia Massachusetts Institute of Technology [email protected]

Best MENA Politics Article

Awarded for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal the previous year (January-December).  Articles utilizing any methodological, theoretical, and empirical tools for the study of the politics of the Middle East and North Africa will be considered. Should sufficient nominees exist, the committee may also consider recognizing any submission for a “Best Fieldwork” or “Best Dataset” sub-award. Please submit nominations or self-nominations to the award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Journal Article Nomination” at [email protected] by January 1.Deadline for nominations: Jannuary 1, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Sarah Parkinson Johns Hopkins University [email protected]
Dina Bishara Cornell University [email protected]