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Middle East and North Africa Politics (Section 49)

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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
Yearly membership dues: $10 for Professional Members; $0 for Targeted International Members; $0 for Student Members

Section Counts

Section Officers

Chair
Marc Lynch
George Washington University

Vice-Chair
Lindsay Benstead
Portland State University

Secretaries/2020 Program Chairs
Jill Schwedler
Hunter College

Bassel Salloukh
Lebanese American University

Treasurer
Steven Brooke
University of Wisconsin

Editor
MENA Politics Newsletter
Marc Lynch
George Washington University



 


Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony.

Best Book on MENA Politics

APSA MENA Politics Section Award for Best Book Awarded for the best book published in 2018 or 2019. 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 nominations or self-nominations to the award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Book Nomination” at [email protected] by December 31, 2019. 

Nominations due: December 31, 2019

Award Committee:

Jason Brownlee
University of Texas at Austin
[email protected]

Michaelle Browers
Wake Forest
[email protected]

Sean Yom
Temple University
[email protected]


Best Dissertation in MENA Politics

APSA MENA Politics Section Award for Best Dissertation. Awarded for the best doctoral thesis defended between August 30, 2017 and August 30, 2019. To be considered, the dissertation must be nominated by the dissertation adviser or another faculty member familiar with the work. The faculty member/adviser 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. 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 award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Dissertation Nomination” at [email protected] by December 31, 2019.

Nominations due: December 31, 2019

Award Committee:

Matt Buehler
University of Tenessee
[email protected]

Michael Herb
Georgia State University
[email protected]

Marwa Shalaby
University of Wisconsin
[email protected]


Best MENA Politics APSA Paper

APSA MENA Politics Section Award for Best APSA Paper. Awarded for the best paper presented at the 2019 meeting in Washington, DC. To be eligible, the paper may be self-nominated or nominated by a panel chair, discussant, or co-panelist for the panel on which the paper was presented. The nominator and/or author(s) should provide the paper that was presented at the annual meeting (only paper versions as presented to the annual meeting will be considered by the committee). Please submit papers as a PDF attachment to the award committee with the subject heading “MENA Politics Best Paper Nomination” at [email protected] by December 31, 2019.

Nominations due: December 31, 2019

Award Committee:

Dan Corstange
Columbia University
[email protected]

Jeannie Sowers
University of New Hampshire
[email protected]

Diana Greenwald
City College New York
[email protected]

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