Job Opportunities for 2015

November 18, 2014

POMEPS is pleased to share Middle East political science job opportunities from the following academic institutions:

University of Central Florida
Position Available: Jalal Talabany Chair for Kurdish Political Studies
The Department of Political Science invites applicants for a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor for the Jalal Talabany Chair for Kurdish Political Studies beginning August, 2015. Applicants must have a strong research record in Kurdish political studies with broader interests in Middle Eastern and comparative politics or international relations; a Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field from an accredited institution; and a strong record in teaching and research that is commensurate with a tenured position in the Political Science Department at UCF. Salary is highly competitive.
Application deadline: January 15, 2015.

Gallaudet University Department of Government & Public Affairs
Position Available: Assistant Professor
Tenure Track Position Assistant Professor, Government, specializing in Comparative Politics (Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East) OR specializing in American Government, (any specialization except law or Congress/legislative process).
Gallaudet University serves Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and hearing students from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages deaf, hard-of-hearing, members of traditionally under-represented groups, people with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply for open positions.
Application deadline: Open until filled.

University of Oklahoma, Department of International and Area Studies
Position Available: Farzaneh Family Professorship in Iranian Studies
The University of Oklahoma’s Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) announces a new faculty position, the Farzaneh Family Professorship in Iranian Studies. The position is tenured or tenure-track and is open to rank. Assistant, Associate and Full Professors are encouraged to apply. This new position complements the Farzaneh Family Chair in Iranian Studies, the catalyst for a rapidly growing Iranian Studies program.
Application deadline: Open until filled.

Qatar University, The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute
Position Available: Senior Policy Analyst
The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI; http://sesri.qu.edu.qa/) invites applications for multiple full-time Senior Policy Analyst positions at its Policy Unit which is located at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. The newly-formed Policy Unit is being created to utilize new and existing SESRI data to engage in empirically-backed analysis and debate of policy questions of relevance to Qatar and the Gulf region. Senior Policy Analysts will stay current on policy issues and best practices in their assigned substantive areas, oversee the successful completion of policy research projects, design and interpret analyses, and coordinate the work of Policy Analysts assigned to their projects, as well as develop and write reports and other communications for a wide variety of audiences, set agendas for convening with policy audiences, and make presentations as required.
Application deadline: November 22, 2014.

The University of Arizona
Position Available: Director, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (search job number: 56812)
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona, invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, to begin Fall 2015. The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS) is a multi-disciplinary unit focusing on the region known as the Near or Middle East, which includes the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey, providing a full range of language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. MENAS aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a well-rounded interdisciplinary education emphasizing linguistic proficiency and exploring the complexities of culture, history, and politics in the region. MENAS is also home to the newly established Arizona Arabic Flagship Program and the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies and coordinates activities with the Title VI-funded Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), and the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), all of which are located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. The Director is expected to advance the School’s mission by attracting, mentoring, and retaining the highest quality faculty, expanding and broadening the School’s research activities and funding, maintaining innovative educational programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and fostering public engagement and outreach.
Application deadline: December 15, 2014


Deadline: December 14, 2014.

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals from political scientists interested in serving as co-leaders for the 3rd annual MENA Workshop program. The 2015 program will be conducted as a series of two one-week sessions (held in the spring and fall) linked by a 3-4 month break for writing, research, and manuscript revision.

Each workshop is led by a team of two scholars based at universities in the MENA region and two scholars based in the US or Europe. Co-leaders serve as academic directors of the program and are responsible for identifying a university or research institute in the MENA region to host the workshops, preparing a unique syllabus to be presented across both workshop weeks, and providing feedback on participants’ research towards an end-of-program publication. Program administration and logistics will be led by APSA staff in conjunction with local host partners. An honorarium will be provided and related expenses (meals, transportation, and lodging) will be covered.

Participants will include approximately twenty competitively-selected PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers from across the MENA region, plus several others from the United States and Europe. Over the course of the workshop program, participants will receive theoretical and methodological training based on discussions of topical literature, present and refine their manuscripts for publication, and build professional connections with other scholars. The working language of the program is English.

​Prospective co-leaders interested in putting forward a proposal should review the information from past workshops found on this website, download the application instructions, and contact Ahmed Morsy (at menaworkshops@apsanet.org) for additional information. The deadline for proposals is December 14, 2014.

For more information please click here.


The Program in Middle East Studies at Smith College invites applications from senior scholars to serve as the inaugural occupant of the Janet Wright Ketcham ’53 Chair in Middle East Studies, beginning July 2015. This appointment will be at the associate or full professor level with tenure. We seek a distinguished scholar of the Middle East with a focus on issues in the contemporary Arab world. Scholarly proficiency in Arabic is required; knowledge of other regional languages is desirable. Candidates for this appointment must have a track record of intellectual leadership in the field and a passion for undergraduate teaching. Applications are encouraged from broadly trained scholars of the region, as well as those with comparative training in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, and/or Turkey.

The successful candidate will be a scholar-teacher trained in the history, economics, politics, societies, and/or cultures of the region, and will be able to teach across disciplines. The successful candidate will be expected to offer both undergraduate seminars in her/his fields of specialization and intermediate courses that address the contemporary geopolitical and cultural landscape of the Middle East in a global context, and to contribute to the development of a broad interdisciplinary introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. We are particularly interested in applicants whose specializations enhance the existing strengths of our Program in Middle East Studies.

Tenured faculty at Smith teach two courses each semester, interact with students in small classes, and actively advise independent undergraduate research. The College’s commitment to research is supported by a generous sabbatical policy and faculty development funding, and faculty benefit from the rich intellectual, cultural, and creative atmosphere supported by the Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Located in the vibrant college town of Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College is among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges and its largest women’s college, and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.

Applications may be submitted online only at http://apply.interfolio.com/26948 with a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research, and three confidential letters of recommendation from fellow scholars of Middle Eastern Studies. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/26948


Open Calls for Proposals

October 8, 2014

POMEPS has two open calls for proposals right now. Here is a brief overview with deadlines and links to more information. (Updated October 27, 2014)

Spring and Summer 2015 Travel-Research-Engagement Grants

Submission deadline: November 3, 2014

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 March 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015. Continue reading here.

POMEPS 6th Annual Conference

Submission deadline: January 12, 2015

The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to invite proposals for papers on the politics of the contemporary Middle East for its sixth annual conference at the George Washington University on May 21-22, 2015. The conference will include workshop discussions of accepted papers by senior scholars in the field, with an eye toward preparing them for publication, and plenary discussions of topics relevant to the Middle East political science community. Applications are open to scholars at any career stage from ABD onward. POMEPS is particularly interested in receiving article manuscripts that have been rejected from a journal or are in the revise-and-resubmit stage. Authors must commit to delivering a full paper by April 13, 2015, so that it may be distributed to the discussants. POMEPS will cover all travel and lodging expenses for the conference. Continue reading here



The Project on Middle East Political Science is delighted to invite proposals for papers on the politics of the contemporary Middle East for its sixth annual conference at the George Washington University on May 21-22, 2015. The conference will include workshop discussions of accepted papers by senior scholars in the field, with an eye toward preparing them for publication, and plenary discussions of topics relevant to the Middle East political science community. Applications are open to scholars at any career stage from ABD onward. POMEPS is particularly interested in receiving article manuscripts that have been rejected from a journal or are in the revise-and-resubmit stage. Authors must commit to delivering a full paper by April 13, 2015, so that it may be distributed to the discussants. POMEPS will cover all travel and lodging expenses for the conference.

To apply, please send:

  • CV
  • Extended abstract of 2 single spaced pages describing the research question, methods, and major arguments of the paper, along with a list of journals for which you think it might be appropriate
  • List of up to five senior scholars whom you would like to have discuss your paper
  • If your proposal is based on a rejected or R+R manuscript, a brief description of the paper’s current status (i.e. “The paper was rejected by Comparative Political Studies in August 2014, and I am currently revising it with an eye towards submission to World Politics.”

Applications must be sent as a single PDF file to Mary Casey, me_casey@gwu.edu, by 5:00 pm EST, January 12, 2015.


The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for social scientists from Arab universities to spend a semester in residence at the Humphrey School in the Spring semester of 2015.  The fellowships are funded by Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship, a program of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  The visiting scholars will work closely with Professor Ragui Assaad, Professor James Ron and other faculty members at the Humphrey School and the University of Minnesota on research relating to youth and gender, human rights, and mobilization in the context of the Arab Spring.  [click to continue…]


The Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland invites applications for a position in comparative politics of the Middle East at the level of assistant professor. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with research interests in political economy, political behavior, or the political institutions of the Middle East region. Minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a sample(s) of your written work, using the University ejobs site here. For best consideration, applications should be received by October 15, 2014.


The University of Southern California and the Project on Middle East Political Science invite proposals to participate in the Rethinking Nation and Nationalism Workshop that will be hosted on February 6, 2015 at the University of Southern California.

The Arab uprisings of 2011 have shown that questions of physical boundaries and national identities long seen as resolved may in fact be open to reconfiguring. Insurgencies spanning Syria and Iraq and the (re)assertion of regionalism in Libya are only the most violent of the processes currently underway challenging long-established physical national frontiers.  Embattled regimes have produced new national narratives to legitimate their rule, while sectarian and Islamist movements have taken on new manifestations. Refugee movements triggered by these conflicts and longer-standing processes of migration within, into, and out of the region have led to large communities of nationals established outside the countries of their citizenship. [click to continue…]

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We are pleased to invite proposals from specialists on the Middle East for a forthcoming workshop on Comparative Political Development in Post-Soviet Russia/Eurasia and the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on December 8-10, 2014 (Monday-Wednesday) co-sponsored by the George Washington University’s Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), and the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. Sessions will be structured around full-length draft working papers or book chapters (all in English). Applicants must hold a PhD or be a PhD degree candidate in political science or a related field. [click to continue…]

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The Munathara Initiative is seeking highly motivated Arabic speakers for two positions based in Tunisia. The Munathara Initiative is an award-winning, grassroots forum aiming to give the Arab youth a voice in debates that discuss some of the region’s most pressing political and social issues. By broadening participation through channels like our website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as live regional debates, we are establishing an open, pan-Arab, audience-driven forum for debate on current affairs that encourages youth and marginalized communities in the region to voice their opinions.

The Munathara Initiative is accepting applications for an outreach manager and events manager until July 27, 2014. [click to continue…]


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