Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971Select Page MERIP provides critical, alternative reporting and analysis, focusing on state power, political economy and social hierarchies as well as popular struggles and the role of US policy in the region. MERIP seeks to reach academics, journalists, non-governmental and governmental organizations and informed citizens who want knowledgeable analysis and critical resources about contemporary political developments. Informed by scholarship and research, MERIP is a curated platform for critical analysis and discussion that brings informed perspectives to a broader audience.
The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) was established in 1971 to educate and inform the public about contemporary Middle East affairs. A registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MERIP publishes a quarterly print magazine, Middle East Report, as well as frequent articles, updates and educational primers on its website.
Middle East Report is the best periodical (in English) on the Middle East—bar none.Rashid Khalidi
Mandy Terc, Executive Director
Mandy Terc is the executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project. Previously, she served as founding director of the Sheikh Faisal Center for Entrepreneurship in the Middle East at DePaul University where she developed programs to strengthen Qatar’s entrepreneurial capacity and to connect entrepreneurs in Doha and Chicago. Terc has written extensively about the region’s new generation of entrepreneurs and has conducted 18 months of field research on entrepreneurship in Syria. She speaks fluent Arabic and holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.
Michelle Woodward, Managing Editor and Photo Editor
Michelle Woodward has been finding photos for use in the magazine since 2003 and was previously media coordinator, administrative assistant and intern for MERIP. She also writes about photography, was editor of Jadaliyya’s Photography Page from 2013 until 2017, and procures photos and handles photo licensing for authors and publishers.
Michael Kaplan, Staff Editor
Michael Kaplan is a PhD student in anthropology at the George Washington University. His research explores Islamic reform and revival communities in Turkey, with a focus on transnationalism, migration and mobility.
Alyssa Bivins, Staff Editor
Alyssa Bivins is a PhD student in history at the George Washington University. Her research focuses on twentieth century education development history.
Pádraigín O'Flynn, Social Media Intern
Pádraigín O’Flynn is in her final semester of undergraduate studies in political science and economics at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Board of Directors
Paul Silverstein, Board Chair
Paul Silverstein is professor of anthropology at Reed College. He is the author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation (Indiana University Press, 2004), Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa, edited with Ussama Makdisi (Indiana University Press, 2006) and Bourdieu in the Field: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments, edited with Jane Goodman (University of Nebraska Press, 2009).
Kaveh Ehsani is assistant professor of international studies at DePaul University and a contributing editor of Middle East Report.
Adam Hanieh is Professor in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on political economy, with an emphasis on the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Arang Keshavarzian is a faculty member in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. His teaching and research revolve around comparative politics and political economy of the Middle East with a focus on Iran and the Persian Gulf region. He is also a member of MERIP’s editorial committee.
Vickie Langohr is associate professor at College of the Holy Cross. Her teaching and research interests are in Middle East politics, women’s rights and democratization.
Shana Marshall is associate director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a member of MERIP’s editorial committee. Her research focuses on the political economy of the military in Egypt, Jordan and the UAE.
Mandy Terc is the executive director of MERIP.
Ayça Alemdaroğlu - Stanford University
Ayça Alemdaroğlu is the Associate Director of the Program on Turkey and Research Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. She is a political sociologist, focusing on social and political inequality and change in Turkey and the Middle East. Ayça’s recent work examines youth politics, and authoritarianism. In “Governing the youth in times of dissent: Essay competitions, politics of history and affective pedagogies” (forthcoming), she examines the politics of history and emotional tactics the Justice and Development Party (AKP) uses in its effort to control, administer and recruit youth. She also served as a guest editor for MERIP’s Fall 2018 issue, “Confronting the New Turkey.”
Mona Atia - George Washington University
Mona Atia is associate professor of Geography and International Affairs at the George Washington University and director of the Middle East Studies program. She is a critical development geographer whose areas of expertise include Islamic charity, philanthropy, housing/urban development, the production of poverty knowledge and the spatial politics of marginalization. She is author of Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
Elif Babül- Mount Holyoke College
Elif Babül is associate professor of anthropology at Mount Holyoke College. Her publications include Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey (Stanford University Press, 2017), as well as a number of articles in both English and Turkish in journals such as American Ethnologist, Political and Legal Anthropology Review and New Perspectives on Turkey; as well as edited volumes such as Diaspora and Memory: Figures of Displacement in Contemporary Literature, Arts and Politics.
Jessica Barnes - University of South Carolina
Jessica is currently an assistant professor in the department of geography and School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of South Carolina. Her work focuses on the culture and politics of resource use and environmental change in the Middle East. Her publications include Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt (Duke University Press, 2014), Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change (coedited with Michael Dove, Yale University Press, 2015), and articles in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Social Studies of Science, Critique of Anthropology, and Society and Space. She is currently working on a book that draws on ethnographic and archival research to examine food security in Egypt and the longstanding identification of security with self-sufficiency in wheat and bread.
Graham Cornwell - George Washington University
Graham Cornwell is a professorial lecturer in Middle East studies and assistant dean for research at George Washington University. His research focuses on the transnational history of food and drink, with particular emphasis on the social, cultural and political aspects of changing patterns of consumption in the modern Middle East. He is working on a book manuscript titled Sweetening the Pot: Empire, Tea, and Sugar in Morocco.
Muriam Haleh Davis - University of California, Santa Cruz
Muriam Haleh Davis is an assistant professor in the history department at UCSC where she teaches classes on post-colonial North Africa, Arab thought and French empire. Her current book project investigates how colonial ideas of Islam underpinned the construction of economic planning initiatives in Algeria—from the liberal capitalist system envisioned by French planners to the socialist policies introduced by the independent Algerian state. She has recently published articles in The Journal of Modern History and The Journal of European Integration and she co-edited North Africa and the Making of Europe: Governance, Institutions and Culture (Bloomsbury, 2018). In addition to MERIP, she also contributes to the Maghreb Page on Jadaliyya as a co-editor.
Lisa Hajjar - University of California, Santa Barbara
Lisa Hajjar is a professor of sociology at UCSB. Her work focuses mainly on issues relating to law and conflict, specifically the enforcement of international human rights and humanitarian laws in the context of armed conflicts. Her research addresses military courts and occupations, torture and targeted killing. Her publications include Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge 2013). She is currently working on two books, The War in Court: The Inside Story of the Fight against US Torture in the “War on Terror,” which is under contract with University of California Press, and Genealogies of Human Rights in the Arab World, coauthored with Omar Dewachi.
Waleed Hazbun - University of Alabama
Waleed Hazbun is a professor in the political science department at the University of Alabama. His work focuses on international relations, US-Middle East relations, critical security studies and the political economy of tourism. He is the author of Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World (University of Minnesota, 2008). He previously taught at the American University of Beirut.
Najib Hourani - Michigan State University
Arang Keshavarzian - New York University
Arang Keshavarzian is a faculty member in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. His teaching and research revolve around comparative politics and political economy of the Middle East with a focus on Iran and the Persian Gulf region. He is the author of Bazaar and State in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2009) as well as many essays on urban politics, state-building and clerical hierarchies, smuggling, authoritarianism and the political economy of trade. He was on MERIP’s editorial committee and board of directors in the 2000s and rejoined in 2016.
Shana Marshall - George Washington University
Shana Marshall is associate director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She earned her PhD in international relations and comparative politics of the Middle East at the University of Maryland in 2012. Her research focuses on the political economy of the military in Egypt, Jordan and the UAE, and has written for Middle East Report (MERIP), The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Jadaliyya and the Carnegie Middle East Center.
Pete Moore - Case Western Reserve University
Pete W. Moore is the Marcus A. Hanna Associate Professor in Politics at Case Western Reserve University. He has held previous faculty positions at Concordia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables. His research explores issues of political economy, state-society relations, and sub-state conflict in the Gulf and the Levant.
Curtis Ryan - Appalachian State University
Curtis Ryan is a professor of political science at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Ryan served as a Fulbright Scholar (1992-93) at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and was twice named a Peace Scholar by the United States Institute of Peace. He is the author of two books: Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah (Lynne Rienner, 2002) and Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy (University Press of Florida, 2009).
Jacob Mundy - Colgate University
Jacob Mundy is an associate professor at Colgate University and was a Fulbright Scholar with the Université de Tunis (2018–2019). He is the author of Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence (Stanford University Press, 2015) and Libya (Polity Press, 2018).
Atef Said - University of Illinois at Chicago
Atef Said is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include social theory, political sociology, social movements, revolutions and sociology of the Middle East as well as sociology of colonialism and empire. Before starting his academic career, Said worked as a human rights attorney and researcher in Egypt from 1995 to 2004, where he practiced human rights law and directed research initiatives in different human rights organizations. He wrote two books Torture in Egypt: A Judicial Reality (2000), published by the Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners, and Torture Is a Crime Against Humanity (2008), published by the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. Both organizations are based in Cairo, Egypt. He is currently working on a book manuscript about the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and its aftermath.
Zakia Salime - Rutgers University
Zakia Salime is an associate professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. She has published on gender, globalization, social movements, Islamophobia and neoliberalism. Her research interests include race, empire, the political economy of the “war on terror,” development policies, Islamic societies and movements and Middle East-US relations. She is the author of Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (University of Minnesota, 2011) and co-editor (with Frances Hasso) of Freedom without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Uprisings (Duke, 2016).
Sima Shakhsari - University of Minnesota
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins - Bard College
Nabil al-Tikriti - University of Mary Washington
Nabil Al-Tikriti is currently associate professor of Middle East history at the University of Mary Washington and was a member of the MSF/Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017, culminating as vice president in 2016-17. He has also served as a consultant, election monitor and relief worker at a number of field locations in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Stacey Philbrick Yadav - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Lila Abu-Lughod – Columbia University
Joel Beinin – Stanford University
Azmi Bishara – Independent scholar
Sheila Carapico – University of Richmond
Dan Connell – Journalist
Beshara Doumani – Brown University
Kaveh Ehsani – DePaul University
Salima Ghezali – La Nation (Algiers)
Sarah Graham-Brown – Independent scholar
Rema Hammami – Birzeit University
Deniz Kandiyoti – SOAS-University of London
Isam al-Khafaji – University of Amsterdam (ret.)
Ann Lesch – American University in Cairo
Zachary Lockman – New York University
Tim Mitchell – Columbia University
Karen Pfeifer – Smith College
Roger Owen – Harvard University (emeritus)
Mouin Rabbani – Independent scholar
Reem Saad – American University in Cairo
Simona Sharoni – SUNY-Plattsburgh
Susan Slyomovics – University of California-Los Angeles
Ted Swedenburg – University of Arkansas
Salim Tamari – Institute of Jerusalem Studies
Oren Yiftachel – Ben Gurion University of the Negev
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Sami Zubaida – Birkbeck College, University of London (ret.)