The Hoover Institution is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time Curator of the Middle Eastern and North African Collection position. The appointment is for an initial three-year limited term, with the possibility of renewal. This is a career track position.

Under the direction of the Director of the Hoover Library & Archives, the Curator of the Middle Eastern and North African Collection develops and pursues acquisition opportunities, formulates policies and plans programs for the Middle Eastern and North African Collection, and participates in related activities as described below. The geo-political area generally covers the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan, and collections related to those regions elsewhere in the world.

Core duties include: collection development, outreach, development, publications, reference assistance, administration, and special projects (see more here)

Candidates with a PhD in Middle Eastern and North African studies or related field strongly preferred, with strong knowledge of 20th and 21st century Middle Eastern and North African history, politics, economics, and culture. Other requirements are: fluency in written and spoken Arabic, with knowledge of other regional languages preferred; professional experience in scholarship and/or libraries and archives, with a proven record of accomplishment and publications; interest in collecting born-digital materials and willingness to work with other staff in exploring best practices in this area; ability to work collegially and to organize and manage team-based projects; strong organizational and project management abilities; excellent written and oral communication skills; administrative and managerial experience; proven record of sound judgment, initiative, and leadership; and demonstrated experience in addressing acquisition issues and ethics, particularly with ownership problems (provenance and cultural property) and appraisal; understanding of library and archival theory and practice, particularly the role and impact of acquisitions on library and archives activities; and firm understanding of intellectual property, copyright, privacy, and other access issues preferred.

Interested candidates should apply online with a cover letter and resume.



Middle East Law and Governance (MELG) is inviting proposals for a special issue devoted to water.

Environmental issues and climate change have become not only major points of political dispute, but have also called for new approaches in the social sciences to account for systemic challenges that cross the accepted borders of social science disciplines. In the Middle East and North Africa, issues of the environment become particularly complex due to political instability, international intervention, regional conflicts, and the rise of trans-national armed groups. While recent scholarship on Middle East and North Africa has focused on social movements in light of what many have dubbed “The Arab Spring,” that same period witnessed considerable violence and correlatively, extensive demographic displacement (internally and across borders). These recent population displacements, coupled with the associated difficulty of accessing scarce resources, have generated what has been called a “water security” problem.

MELG invites proposals for papers that reflect on what scholars and policy researchers often call “water security” in the Middle East and North Africa. Assuming the state as a principle actor in natural resource management, “water security” regards water as a scarce resource for which need all too often increases in contexts of crises, demographic shifts, and climate variations. However, the primacy of the state in managing water as a resource is also a point of contest among some. This tension is manifest in their preference for the phrase “water sovereignty”, which recognizes the role of informal actors and opens the analysis to distinct questions about formal and informal management, local/regional/or centralized control—questions that allow for an interrogation of the state itself. In other words, water is both an object of analysis and an analytic vehicle through which to assess governance policies, whether by formal state actors or informal parties and social groups. Moreover, more than mere object to be regulated or analytic vehicle for reflecting on governance, water can also exercise a kind of agency that, in its capacity to create and destroy, exercises power over human societies.

Without privileging one expression or another (though acknowledging their salience), or containing the analytic scope of water, MELG invites scholars to consider how water offers a fruitful analytic vehicle by which to reflect on and assess the governing processes and conditions between people, state agencies, and other institutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

All proposals should not exceed 1500 words and must be received by November 30, 2015. Please send all proposals electronically to Ms. Vanessa Zhang (vanessaz.zhang@utoronto.ca) with the subject: “MELG Water Issue.”


The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to invite proposals for papers on the politics of the contemporary Middle East for its seventh annual conference at The George Washington University on May 19-20, 2016. The conference will include workshop discussions of article-length papers with an eye toward preparing them for publication, with each paper read by by multiple senior scholars in the field. It will also feature plenary discussions of topics relevant to the Middle East political science community. Applications are open to scholars in political science or cognate fields at any career stage from ABD onward.  We welcome articles which have been previously submitted to journals and either rejected or sent back for revisions. Authors must commit to delivering full paper to the discussants by April 18, 2016. POMEPS will cover all travel and lodging expenses for the conference.

To apply, please send:
– a CV
– an abstract of 1 single-spaced page describing the paper’s research question, methods, and major arguments
– a list of up to five senior scholars whom you would like to have discuss your paper
– an indication of whether the article has previously been submitted to a journal and its status
Applications must be sent as a single PDF to Lauren Baker at POMEPSteam@gmail.com and received by 5:00 EST December 11, 2015.


Bobst POMEpS

The American University in Beirut: Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Princeton University: Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with the Project on Middle East Political Science are accepting proposals for their conference “After the Uprisings: The Arab world in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?” to be held at Princeton University March 4-5, 2016. The deadline for abstracts is September 5, 2015.

New realities and challenges confront the region. State fragmentation and occasional collapse, sectarian conflicts, authoritarian resilience, stifled civil societies, economic devastation, soaring unemployment, massive refugee flows, the emergence of new non-state actors and the “Islamic State”, recalibrated big power interventions in the region, and the affirmation of long-standing regional powers are some of the new trends and developments facing the Middle East region. Alongside these challenges, there are new opportunities as well. Societies are far more committed to principles of social justice. And civil societies and organizational life are at forefront of many debates. This conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, civil society activists and intellectuals to discuss these pressing issues. [click to continue…]


asfari call
The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, in consultation with the International Labour Organization, are issuing a call for research papers on labor movements and unions and the quest for social justice in the Arab region.

In light of the social and economic problems that the Arab intifadas have highlighted after decades of neoliberal policies, unemployment, corruption and social inequalities under Arab regimes, economic and social reform has become central to the demand of Arab citizens. What role have unions played in the struggle for social justice in the region? How autonomous and representative are these labor organizations? What challenges — imposed by national, regional, and international frameworks — face labor movements, and what opportunities exist – or could exist for them?

Research papers should include:
– A historical overview of labor movements and their progress, impact, and challenges in the past ten years;
– The legal, structural, and financial frameworks of unions;
– The local, regional and international environments’ influence on labor movements, and analytical recommendations for the future.

Each research paper should focus on one particular Arab country, with priority given to: Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Occupied Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Submissions can be in either Arabic or English and are due by August 28, 2015. See detailed application instructions here

Researchers will be notified by September 25, 2015, and will be paid for the study. All researchers will be invited to a methodology workshop in Beirut, Lebanon in October or November. First drafts of the study are expected by February 2016, when they will be presented in a closed workshop for discussion.



The Government Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the politics of the Middle East. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to Hamilton’s program in Middle East and Islamic World Studies. The appointment begins July 1, 2016 and an ABD or Ph.D. is required. The position will be responsible for five courses per year with competitive salary and research and travel support.

Hamilton College is a residential liberal arts college located in the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York; for applicants with dual-career considerations, Hamilton participates in the regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.  Hamilton College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in all areas of the campus community. Hamilton provides domestic partner benefits. Candidates from underrepresented groups in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, a list of courses the applicant is prepared to teach, evidence of teaching performance, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation addressed to Phil Klinkner, Chair, Government Department and submit via Interfolio. Cover letters should address the ways in which applicants would further the College’s goal of building a diverse educational environment.  Previous experience teaching or working with diverse student populations is an asset.

Applications will be considered beginning October 1 and those applicants wishing to be interviewed at the APSA annual meeting should submit materials by August 15.




As a part of its When Authoritarianism Fails in the Arab World (WAFAW) program, the European Research Council will be holding an international conference on October 29- 30, 2015 hosted by CERI/Sciences Po in Paris. This year’s theme will be: “With or Without Brothers: Domestic, Regional, International and Transnational, State and Sub-State Political Makeovers of the Islamist Scene (2013-2015).”

For more information, please see the institute’s website or reference the call for papers.

Participants are encouraged to propose papers focusing on the following issues:

• Micro-dynamics of Islamist mobilization post-2013

• Quietist Salafi resilience

• Political and popular interactions with the Organisation of the Islamic State

• Al-Qaida vs. the Islamic State

• Intra-Muslim Brotherhood contestation

• Jihadi movements and diasporas

Deadline for proposals in English, Arabic or French (300 words) is June 30, 2015 (see application instructions here)

Approved first draft papers (4,500 words minimum, in English, Arabic or French) will be sent for circulation by September 20, 2015. In order to enhance the quality of the discussions and debates, it will be mandatory for all participants to send their paper prior to the conference and to circulate it amongst other paper givers. All will be encouraged to have read all the contributions. As such, oral presentations will only be minimal and the conference will dedicate most of its time to interactions between specialists and the audience.


The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to announce a call for proposals for Winter 2015 POMEPS Travel – Research – Engagement grants. The competition is open to academic political scientists at career stages from PhD students to senior faculty from any institution, and is not restricted to U.S. citizens or residents. Awards of up to $3,000 will be offered to support research travel to the broader Middle East. The research should be in support of an ongoing academic research project. Grant recipients are required to submit at least one article based on their research to POMEPS for possible publication on Washington Post’s The Monkey Cage. The proposed travel should take place between December 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016.

POMEPS especially encourages proposals as part of the Islam in a Changing Middle East initiative. The Arab uprisings have created dramatically new opportunities and challenges not only for Islamist movements but also for the academic and policy communities that study them. Islam in a Changing Middle East seeks to support scholars in adapting to the deluge of new information and evidence. Applications should include:

  • Current CV
  • Research proposal* including:
    • Location of travel
    • Travel schedule
    • Description of project/research plan
    • Budget estimate

    * there is no specific page requirement

  • Proposed Monkey Cage article topics

Interested candidates should submit proposals in one PDF file to Lauren Baker at pomepsteam@gmail.com by 5:00 pm EST, September 15, 2015.


The Project on Middle East Political Science is pleased to call for proposals for its fourth annual Junior Scholars Book Development Workshop to be held at Princeton University on November 13, 2015. Applicants must be post-PhD and pre-tenure, and must have a complete book manuscript ready for circulation and discussion by August 1, 2015. Only first book projects will be considered. Each manuscript will be discussed in depth by at least two senior colleagues. The goal of the discussion is to prepare the manuscript for submission to an appropriate press. Research can focus on any aspect of the contemporary politics of the broader Middle East.

To apply please send by 5:00 pm May 1, 2015* to pomepsgwu@gmail.com in one PDF document:

  • CV and 2-3 page description of the project
  • A chapter-length writing sample (preferably the introductory chapter of the dissertation/book manuscript)
  • A list of 3 to 5 senior scholars from whom you most would like feedback (including at least 2 of whom are not primarily Middle East specialists)
  • Contact information for at least two academic references (including a dissertation chair)

Please contact Cortni Kerr at pomepsgwu@gmail.com or 202-994-2309 with questions.

* Please note new deadline



“The Resource Curse in the Middle East and North Africa”

May 2015 in Qatar – December 2015 in Kuwait

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from early-career scholars who would like to participate in the 2015 MENA Workshops program. This two-part workshop program is a unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the MENA region and develop discreet research findings related to the impact of rent wealth on democracy, state-building, political stability, and state-society relations.

The first one-week workshop will be hosted by Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) from May 17-21. A follow-up workshop will be held at the Alsalam Center for Development and Strategic Studies, a research center affiliated with Kuwait University, in early December. The organizers, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will cover all the costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and materials) for the accepted applicants. The working language of the workshop is English.

The 2015 program is part of a multi-year effort to support political science research among early-career scholars in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, and strengthen research networks linking Arab scholars with their colleagues overseas. Previous workshops have been held at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT), and Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut.

The online 2015 Application Form can be found hereThe application deadline is Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 PM (EST).


The workshop is principally targeted at Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows of political science who are currently based at institutions in the Middle East and North Africa. A smaller number of applicants from universities in the United States or Europe will also be accepted. The program is open to scholars from any social science discipline undertaking research related to the workshop theme. Applicants are expected to apply with a manuscript or research project in progress, which they will share at the first workshop week, improve over the interim period, and present formally during the second workshop week, with the expectation that they will then submit their piece to a peer-reviewed political science journal soon after the conclusion of the workshop program. Professional fluency in English is required.

Workshop Theme

The 2015 workshops will be led by Justin Gengler (Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar University), Michael Herb (Georgia State University, USA), Ghanim al-Najjar (Alsalam Center for Development and Strategic Studies, Kuwait University), Alanoud Al Sharekh (Women’s Research and Studies Center, Kuwait University), and Mark Tessler (University of Michigan, USA). Participants will explore the rentier state literature to debate questions including: How does rent influence citizenship and other policies of the Gulf States and how can we understand this in a wider comparative perspective? How does aid from rich oil states affect political outcomes in aid recipient states in the region? What will be the impact on rentier states of the recent decline of oil prices?

To provide a framework for reflection and investigation relating to these and other relevant questions, the workshop will also focus on issues of research design, modes of and approaches to political science inquiry, and issues associated with manuscript preparation and publication. Workshop sessions will be devoted to small seminar discussions, presentations of participants’ ongoing research, and training on research design and research methods.  Following the workshops, alumni will be eligible to apply for small grants to facilitate further research collaboration.


To submit an application for participation in the workshop, first review the eligibility requirements on APSA’s MENA Workshop website and then follow the web link to the Online Application Form. Completed applications, including all necessary supporting documents, must be submitted by March 14, 2015 at 11 PM (EST). The final list of selected Workshop Fellows will be announced in April 2015.

Applications must be in English and include:

  1. The completed online Application Form.
  2. A detailed, recent Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  3. A 500-2,000 word statement that describes your current research interests and how it relates to the workshop theme. This should be a detailed outline or research plan summarizing the work-in-progress you intend to bring with you to the first workshop and continue to develop over course of the workshop program.
  4. Two letters of reference on official letterhead and scanned as electronic files. If you are a graduate student, one letter should be from your supervising professor. If you are a researcher or faculty member, the letters can be from a former dissertation supervisor, a colleague at your home institution, a university official, or an employer.
  5. A copy of your valid passport

 For questions, contact us at menaworkshops@apsanet.org. Please do not contact the workshop leaders directly.


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