The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), is a known anti-Israel academic association. Of late, MESA has sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing concerns about his Executive Order on “Combating Anti-Semitism” and urging him to revoke it.
The letter is signed by MESA's president, Prof. Dina Rizk-Khoury, a Lebanese-American historian at George Washington University. She has been involved in calls to boycott Israel before, as a signatory of a public letter from 2014, which announced that "Over 400 Middle East scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions." It is not surprising, Rizk-Khoury is a long-time activist promoting Palestinian issues. Before joining MESA, Rizk-Khoury was on the board of directors of the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) as its' patron, contributing money to PARC together with her husband, Alfred Khoury. In 2008, the then director of PARK wrote that Rizk-Khoury "has contributed immensely to PARC in terms of time, material support, and resources since joining the board in 2001. As a member of PARC’s Board and its Executive Committee, she was indefatigable in her fundraising efforts on behalf of PARC. Her contributions, particularly during PARC’s early years, were critical, significant, and deeply appreciated... She will be greatly missed by all of us at PARC."
The MESA-Rizk-Khoury letter actually claims that anti-Semitism is a free speech. She begins by expressing deep distress "by the rising tide of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism" in the US and that “combatting anti-Semitism and all other forms of racism, bigotry and discrimination is an essential duty for colleges and universities". But, as can be seen, Rizk-Khoury is downplaying the rise of anti-Semitism.
Her letter opposes President Trump’s Executive Order because "key elements" in it "threaten the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment and undermine the principles of academic freedom." According to her, section 1 of the executive order is wrong because since Jews identify themselves in a wide variety of ways, implying that all Jews share a common national origin is not a fact but an"ill-informed and potentially dangerous... ideological assertion." Likewise, she claims that section 2 of the executive order which urges Title VI departments and agencies to “consider” the definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2016 on anti-Semitism, Ritz-Khoury sees as a "conflate criticism of Israeli actions and policies, and of Zionism as a political ideology, with anti-Semitism." According to her, this may have a "chilling effect" on teaching and discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in college and university campuses, "thereby undermining the academic freedom." This could "have the perverse effect of defining as anti-Semitism criticisms of Israel or of Zionism" which is advanced by Israeli or American Jewish scholars, or students, she claims.
MESA's letter also mentions the Department of Education which is "already engaged in what must be understood as politically motivated and spurious investigations of alleged anti-Semitism on college campuses, apparently intended to silence criticism by faculty, students and staff of certain policies of the government of Israel."
The letter ends with the statement that, "At our institutions of higher education this constitutional protection must be accompanied by rigorous adherence to the standards and traditions of academic freedom, including freedom from the threat of politically motivated harassment by government agencies."
Rizk-Khoury’s letter is replete with wrong argumentation and mistakes. First, according to her, Jews, who originate from Judea, have no common national origin. Second, she believes that anti-Semitic speech is protected by First Amendment and academic freedom. Third, she ignores that the 2016 International Definition of Anti-Semitism states clearly that “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.” Fourth, the US Department of Education has also accused Middle East Departments of favoring Islam over Christianity, Judaism and other religions.
Rizk-Khoury forgets that pro-Israel speakers are often abruptly disrupted during lectures and that their freedom of speech is ignored.
Whatever the stated arguments, MESA is really unnerved by the fact that the President’s Executive Order gave the Jews the same protected status which other minorities have enjoyed, such as African-Americans or Hispanics. Jews have never enjoyed such protection as a religious group, making them the target of radical attacks which would not have been tolerated in the case of other minorities. Rizk-Khoury conveniently forgets that MESA has never invoked the issue of academic freedom in other cases of minority groups. This type of double standards and hypocrisy detracts from whatever little academic credibility MESA enjoys.
Letter Criticizing President Trump’s Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism
DECEMBER 12, 2019
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump:
We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our grave concern about the executive order titled “Combating Anti-Semitism” that you signed yesterday. We are of course deeply distressed by the rising tide of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in the United States, and we firmly believe that combatting anti-Semitism and all other forms of racism, bigotry and discrimination is an essential duty for colleges and universities. However, we believe that key elements of this executive order threaten the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment and undermine the principles of academic freedom.
MESA was founded in 1966 to promote scholarship and teaching on the Middle East and North Africa. The preeminent organization in the field, the Association publishes the International Journal of Middle East Studies and has over 2,700 members worldwide. MESA is committed to ensuring academic freedom and freedom of expression, both within the region and in connection with the study of the region North America and elsewhere.
Section 1 of the executive order correctly notes that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal assistance.” However, presumably to get around the fact that Title VI does not specifically prohibit discrimination based on religious identity, this section goes on to, in effect, construe all Jews as sharing a common national origin and thereby covered by Title VI. As you surely know, Jews in the United States and elsewhere identify themselves in a wide variety of ways, so the implication that all Jews share a common national origin is not a statement of fact but an ideological assertion. Like all other citizens and residents of the United States, Jews are entitled to protection against discrimination, but we deem this an ill-informed and potentially dangerous approach to securing such protection.
Even more egregiously, Section 2 of the executive order requires all executive branch departments and agencies charged with enforcing Title VI to “consider” both the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2016 and the “Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism” that accompany the IHRA’s definition. Many of those “Contemporary Examples” conflate criticism of Israeli actions and policies, and of Zionism as a political ideology, with anti-Semitism. The deployment of such a broad, vague and flawed definition of anti-Semitism by government agencies threatens the constitutionally protected right to free speech and may have a chilling effect on teaching about, and public discussion of, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on college and university campuses, thereby undermining the academic freedom so vital to the mission of our institutions of higher education. It could also, we note, have the perverse effect of defining as anti-Semitism criticisms of Israel or of Zionism advanced by Israeli or American Jewish scholars, or by some of the Jewish students this executive order is ostensibly intended to protect.
We cannot fail to notice that this executive order was issued at a time when the Department of Education is already engaged in what must be understood as politically motivated and spurious investigations of alleged anti-Semitism on college campuses, apparently intended to silence criticism by faculty, students and staff of certain policies of the government of Israel. It is not difficult to imagine how this executive order could induce colleges and universities seeking to avoid investigation and possible sanction by the Department of Education to adopt measures that limit or suppress the unfettered expression of the full range of views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and advocacy for particular perspectives on it. Indeed, our institutions of higher education are already facing what appears to be an orchestrated campaign by groups based outside of academia that seek to delegitimize and stifle scholarship and teaching with which they disagree – a campaign which this executive order seems cynically designed to encourage.
We believe that all political speech, including criticism of any government or ideology and advocacy for any group’s rights, is, and must remain, constitutionally protected in the United States. At our institutions of higher education this constitutional protection must be accompanied by rigorous adherence to the standards and traditions of academic freedom, including freedom from the threat of politically motivated harassment by government agencies. We therefore call on you to revoke this executive order immediately.
Dina Rizk Khoury
Professor, George Washington University
Chair, Committee on Academic Freedom
Professor, University of Southern California
Mondoweiss Editors on August 6, 2014
Over 400 Middle East scholars and librarians call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (Updated)
We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip – the third and most devastating in six years –constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars engaged with the Middle East, have a moral responsibility to do so.
Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war. Israel has maintained an illegal siege on the Gaza Strip for seven years. It has limited the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, rationing Palestinian calorie intake at just above subsistence levels . Moreover, the suffering of Palestinians is not limited to Gaza: the occupation and dispossession in East Jerusalem, the Naqab (Negev), and the West Bank; the construction of walls and fences around the Palestinian population, the curtailment of Palestinian freedom of movement and education, and the house demolitions, all have long histories and no apparent end in sight. They will continue unless people around the world act where their governments have failed.
As employees in institutes of higher learning from around the world, we have a particular interest in and responsibility to respond to the obstacles to the right to higher education that the Israeli state has created for Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied territories. In the past two months alone, Israeli forces have raided Al Quds University in Jerusalem, the Arab American University in Jenin and Birzeit University near Ramallah . In the current attacks, Israeli aerial bombardment has destroyed the Islamic University of Gaza. More generally, the Israeli state discriminates against Palestinian students in Israeli universities ; and it isolates Palestinian academia by, among other tactics, preventing foreign academics from visiting Palestinian institutions in Gaza and the West Bank . We are also alarmed by the long history of confiscations of Palestinian archives and the destruction of libraries and research centres .
The on-going Israeli massacres in Gaza have been ghastly reminders of the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians. Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Technion, and Ben Gurion University have publicly declared their unconditional support for the Israeli military . More generally, there are intimate connections between Israeli academic institutions and the military, security, and political establishments in Israel . To take but one example: Tel Aviv University is directly implicated, through its Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), in developing the Dahiya Doctrine , adopted by the Israeli military in its assaults on Lebanon in 2006 and on Gaza today. The Dahiya Doctrine advocates the extensive destruction of civilian infrastructure and “intense suffering” among the civilian population as an “effective” means to subdue any resistance .
Our colleagues in the Israeli academy have been silent, by and large, in the face of such violence and injustice. We applaud the few dozen Israeli academics who have protested against their government, and the several dozen who signed a petition calling for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza . Alarmingly, they have faced disciplinary measures from their own universities . We stand by these academics and support them in what is our joint struggle.
As Middle East scholars and librarians, we feel compelled to join the growing number of academics in Israel and around the world who support the Palestinian call to boycott Israeli academic institutions. This call responds to Palestinian civil society organizations’ long-standing appeal for the comprehensive implementation of boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) of Israel, and is supported by the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE).
Following in the footsteps of the growing number of U.S. academic associations that have endorsed boycott resolutions , we call on our colleagues in Middle East Studies to boycott Israeli academic institutions, and we pledge not to collaborate on projects and events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend conferences and other events at such institutions, and not to publish in academic journals based in Israel. We call for doing so until such time as these institutions end their complicity in violating Palestinian rights as stipulated in international law, and respect the full rights of Palestinians by calling on Israel to:
1. End its siege of Gaza, its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967, and dismantle the settlements and the walls;
2. Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel and the stateless Negev Bedouins to full equality; and
3. Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
 Gish Amit, “Salvage or plunder? Israel’s ‘collection’ of private Palestinian libraries in West Jerusalem,” Journal of Palestine Studies 40 (July 2011): 6-23.  http://www.shalomlife.com/business/24941/how-tel-aviv-university-supports-the-idf
. Also, see the following: for Haifa University – https://www.facebook.com/HaifaUniversity/posts/10152140137120044
; for Technion – https://www.facebook.com/Technion.Israel/photos/a.170241609659974.47375.149494148401387/906
054469412014/?type=1&theater; for Bar Ilan – https://www.facebook.com/barilanwall/photos/a.189536784430293.62558.120725437978095/7726621
59451083/?type=1&theater  Gil Eyal, “Military Establishment and Middle East Studies,” in The disenchantment of the Orient: Expertise in Arab Affairs and the Israeli State (Stanford University Press, 2008), 185-236. See also: Keller, Uri Yacobi. “The Academic Boycott of Israel and the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories.” Alternative Information Center (http://electronicintifada.net/files/091214-academic-boycott.pdf
)  See The Goldstone Report, p. 24, and http://electronicintifada.net/files/090708-soas-palestine-society.pdf
.  http://haimbresheeth.com/gaza/an-open-letter-to-israel-academics-july-13th-2014/
and reported here: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/handful-israeli-academics-responds-call-condemn-
gaza-slaughter  http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/politics/israeli-sosaciety/3279-bar-ilan-university-
leftist-academics-3279  These associations are: the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA), African Literature Association (ALA), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS), Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS), and American Studies Association (ASA).
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Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University Gilbert Achcar Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, SOAS, University of London Fida Adely Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Nadje Al-Ali Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London Fadwa Allabadi Associate Professor, Insan Center for Gender Studies, Al-Quds University Lori Allen Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge Gil Anidjar Professor, Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Columbia University Sinan Antoon Associate Professor, New York University Talal Asad Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Kamran Asdar Ali Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin Barbara Aswad Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Wayne State University, and Past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America Cemil Aydin Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Kathryn Babayan Associate Professor, Director of the Center of Armenian Studies, University of Michigan Mohammed Bamyeh Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh Asef Bayat Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Joel Beinin Donald J. 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Tucker Professor of History, Georgetown University Lisa Wedeen Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College, The University of Chicago Jessica Winegar Associate Professor, Anthropology, Northwestern University **Institutional Affiliations are for identification purposes only. Update: This statement is now up to over 400 signatures. 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El-Baz Director, Arab and African Research Centre, Egypt Youssef El Chazli Graduate Assistant, University of Lausanne/University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne Walid El Hamamsy Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies, English Department., Cairo University Mourad El Khatibi Doctoral Candidate, Mohamed 5 university, Rabat, Morocco Saker El Nour Faculty of Agriculture, South Valley University Rayya El Zein PhD Candidate, Theater, CUNY Graduate Center Dima El-Halabi Instructor and Coordinated Program Assistant Director, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, American University of Beirut Tamer El-Leithy Assistant Professor of History, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, New York University Tammer El-Sheikh Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University Alexander Elinson Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies, Hunter College (CUNY) Hoda Elsadda Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University Sarah 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Bremen Vassilis Fouskas Professor of International Politics & Economics, University of East London Layal Ftouni Visiting Lecturer/Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London Zeynep Gambetti Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Boğazici University, Istanbul Dina Georgis Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto Zeina Ghandour Professor, Birkbeck, London University Fanny Gillet Doctorante, EHESS, Paris Terri Ginsberg International Council for Middle East Studies, USA Rohit Goel PhD Candidate, University of Chicago Camilo Gomez-Rivas Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz Nina Gren PhD in Social Anthropology, Centre of Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University Molly Greene Professor, Princeton University Zareena Grewal Assistant Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies, Faculty at Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University Maryam Griffin PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of California-Santa Barbara Sarah Gualtieri Associate Professor of History and American Studies, University of Southern California Magdi Guirguis Assistant professor, Kafrelsheikh University, Egypt Turgay Gunduz Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Uludag University Vivek Gupta PhD Student, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University Dimitri Gutas Professor of Arabic, Yale University Bassam Haddad Associate Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University Ghassan Hage Professor, University of Melbourne Zaki Haidar Visiting Lecturer of Arabic, Carleton College Serra Hakyemez Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University Ali Hammoudi PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School Dyala Hamzah Professor, Department of History, University of Montreal Adam Hanieh Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, SOAS, University of London Lara Harb Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College Sirene Harb Associate Professor, American University of Beirut Michelle Hartman Associate Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University Magda Hassan PhD, University of Cambridge Salah Hassan Associate Professor, Michigan State University Amir Hassanpour Associate Prof. (Ret.), University of Toronto Rima Hassouneh Lecturer II, Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Gretchen Head Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley Linda Herrera Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Alaa Hijazi Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University of Beirut Engseng Ho Professor, Department of Anthropology, Duke University Clive Holes Khalid bin Abdullah Al Sa’ud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK Uri Horesh Assistant Professor of Instruction, Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University Lamya Hussain Member for Centre of Palestine Studies, SOAS, University of London Adel Iskandar Assistant Professor fo Global Communication, Simon Fraser University Ammar Jan Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge Toby Jones Associate Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick Ray Jureidini Professor of Sociology, Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Doha, Qatar Amy Kallander Associate Professor of Middle East History, Syracuse University Ousmane Kane Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School Ahmed Kanna Assistant Professor of Anthropology, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific Tomis Kapitan Professor (Emeritus), Philosophy Department, Northern Illinois University Lidwien Kapteijns Professor of History, Wellesley College Rima Karami Associate Professor, American University of Beirut Paul Kelemen Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester Ferhat Kentel Professor of Sociology, Istanbul Sehir University Arang Keshavarzian Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University Muhammad Ali Khalidi Associate Professor, Philosophy, York University, Toronto Muqtedar Khan Associate Professor, University of Delaware Yasmine Khayyat Assistant Professor, African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University Issam Khoury Associate Academic Dean, Center for International Learning, Oman Ilham Khuri-Makdisi Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University Laurie King Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Georgetown University Abdulhamit Kırmızı Chair of History Department, Istanbul Şehir University Marcy Knopf-Newman Independent Scholar Nikolas Kosmatopoulos Lecturer, Ecole Federale Polytechnique de Lausanne Elektra Kostopoulou Lecturer, Rutgers University Murat Koyuncu Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Bogazici University Marieke Krijnen PhD Student, Ghent University Patricia Kubala PhD Student, UC Berkeley Bülent Kücük Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Boğazici University Blair Kuntz Near and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, University of Toronto Eileen Kuttab Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute of Women Studies, Birzeit University Nora Lafi Professor of History, Zentrum Moderner Orient Robert Lang Professor of Cinema, University of Hartford Smadar Lavie Scholar in Residence, Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California-Berkeley Joseph Lombardo Doctoral Candidate, The New School for Social Research Haiyun Ma Assistant Professor, Department of History, Frostburg State University Zeina Maasri Associate Professor, American University of Beirut / University of Brighton Ramzi Mabsout Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut Saba Mahmood Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley Sunaina Maira Professor, University of California, Davis Lisa Suhair Majaj Independent Scholar, University of Cyprus Rima Majed PhD Candidate, University of Oxford Neepa Majumdar Associate Professor, Film Studies and English, University of Pittsburgh Dina Makram-Ebeid Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Harriet Malinowitz Professor of English, Long Island University Mahmood Mamdani Professor, Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University Mazen Masri Lecturer, City Law School, City University London Rania Masri Assistant Professor, University of Balamand Dina Matar Senior Lecturer in Political Communication, School of Oriental and African Studies Kamran Matin Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Sussex University Afshin Matin-asgari California State University Khaled Mattawa Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Michigan James McDougall Associate Professor of Modern History, Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford Khalid Mustafa Medani Associate Professor, McGill University Anne Meneley Associate Professor of Anthropology, Trent University Adam Mestyan Junior Fellow, Harvard University Jeannie Miller Assistant Professor, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto Minoo Moallem Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of California-Berkeley Lamia Moghnieh PhD candidate, University of Michigan Shahrzad Mojab Professor/OISE, University of Toronto Linda Mokdad Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College Annelies Moors Professor, University of Amsterdam Manijeh Moradian Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University Hiba Morcos PhD Student, University of British Columbia Mohammed Mossallem Researcher/Graduate Student, University of Oxford Dalia Mostafa Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester Mariam Motamedi Fraser Reader (Associate Professor), Goldsmiths, University of London Aamir Mufti Associate Professor, UCLA Elias Muhanna Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University Corinna Mullin Professor, University of Tunis Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies Martha Mundy Professor Emerita of Anthropology, London School of Economics Esra Mungan Assistant Professor, Boğaziçi University Cynthia Myntti Professor of Public Health Practice, American University of Beirut Nadine Naber Associate Professor, University of Illinois Shuruq Naguib Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Lancaster University Aseel Nasir-Dyck Independent Scholar Mona Nasrallah Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut Issam Nassar Professor of Middle East History, Illinois State University Jamal Nassar Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University Helena Nassif PhD Candidate, University of Westminster Anne Norton Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania Michelle Obeid Lecturer, Social Anthropology, University of Manchester Hussein Omar Doctoral Candidate, University of Oxford Cagla Orpen PhD Student in Politics and History, NSSR Arzoo Osanloo Associate Professor, Law, Societies, and Justice, University of Washington Michelle Pace Professor (MSO) on Europe and the Middle East, Roskilde University Stefania Pandolfo Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley Christopher Parker Associate Professor, Ghent University Nigel Parsons Senior Lecturer, Politics Program, Massey University Alessandro Petti Campus in Camps, Al Quds University Coralie Pison Hindawi Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, American University of Beirut Graham Pitts PhD Candidate, Department of History, Georgetown University Leila Pourtavaf PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto Vijay Prashad Professor of International Studies, Trinity College Nicola Pratt Reader, International Politics of the Middle East Department of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick Michael Provence Associate Professor of History, University of California, San Diego Jasbir Puar Associate Professor, Rutgers University Nicolas Puig Reseacher in Anthropology, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Sara Pursley Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows, Princeton University Linda Quiquivix PhD in Geography, Independent Scholar Mazin Qumsiyeh Professor, Bethlehem University Noha Radwan Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis Najat Rahman Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Montreal Dina A. Ramadan Assistant Professor of Arabic, Bard College Yasmine Ramadan Assistant Professor of Arabic, The University of Iowa Jeremy Randall Doctoral Student, CUNY Graduate Center Chandan Reddy Associate Professor, University of Washington Scott Reese Professor of History, Northern Arizona University John Reynolds Lecturer, Department of Law, National University of Ireland. Qaiser Riaz PhD Candidate, University of Bonn Dina Rizk Khoury Professor of History, George Washington University Sajjad Rizvi Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History, University of Exeter Amanda Rogers Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison Vincent Romani Professor, Political Science, UQAM Caroline Rooney Professor of African and Middle Eastern Studies, Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Research, University of Kent Jasamin Rostam Department of History, California State University Umar Ryad Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University Sardar Saadi PhD Student, University of Toronto Karim Sadek PhD, American University of Beirut Christa Salamandra Associate Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Josefina Saldaña Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University Emmanuelle Salgues Visiting Assistant Professor, American University in Cairo Sara Salih Professor, University of Toronto Ruba Salih Professor, University of London Jeremy Salt Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Bilkent University Dima Samaha Lecturer, Université Saint-Joseph Louis-Georges Schwartz Associate Professor, Ohio University Berivan Sarikayaa PhD Candidate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto Sherene Seikaly Assistant Professor, History, University of California, Santa Barbara Samah Selim Associate Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University Banu Senay Lecturer, Macquaie University Beth Seymour Instructor of Anthropology, Communications, History and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College Nada Shabout Professor of Art History, University of North Texas Noa Shaindlinger PhD Candidate, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto Sima Shakhsari Assistant Professor, Wellesley College Amr Shalakany Associate Professor of Law, American University in Cairo Tarek Shamma Assistant Professor, Translation and Interpreting Institute Simona Sharoni Professor, SUNY-Plattsburgh Deen Sharp PhD Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center Douaa Sheet Doctoral Student, CUNY Graduate Center Sarah Shields Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Ella Shohat Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Professor, Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University Eyal Sivan Honorary Fellow, European Institute for Palestine Studies Susan Slyomovics Professor Anthropology UCLA Sharon C. Smith Program Head, Aga Khan Documentation Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Angelo Stefanini Senior Researcher, Centre for International Health, University of Bologna Ann Laura Stoler Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, New School for Social Research Christopher Stone Associate Professor, Hunter College (CUNY) Mayssun Succarie Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University Aditi Surie von Czechowski PhD candidate, Columbia University Javad Taherinezhad Lecturer, Bu Ali Sina University Abdel Razzaq Takriti Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield Adam Talib Assistant Professor, classical Arabic literature, The American University in Cairo Tariq Tell Political Science and Public Administration, American University of Beirut Sunera Thobani Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia Julia Tierney PhD Student, UC Berkeley Hanan Toukan Postdoctoral Fellow, Free University Berlin Zülal Nazan Üstündağ Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University Abbas Vali Professor, Department of Sociology, Boğazici University Kathy Wazana Documentary Filmmaker, Independent Documentarian David Wearing PhD Candidate, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London Max Weiss Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University Mark Westmoreland Post doctorate, Media Studies, Stockholm University John Willis Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder Katherine Wilson Adjunct Instructor, City University of New York Patrick Wolfe Historian, Australia Lisa Wynn Associate Professor of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia Nadia Yaqub Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Anna-Esther Younes PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of International Studies (IHEID), Geneva May Zahri Associate Professor, University of Damascus