Job Openings and Fellowships in Middle East Studies


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Director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

University of Arizona

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. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2014. 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.

Field of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary engagement in the humanities and/or social sciences and who complement and build on the School’s strengths. * Provide leadership, guidance, and direction to the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. * Lead a team of academically strong and diverse individuals, and provide guidance on issues including recruitment, retention, and management and development of faculty and staff. * Champion the teaching mission of the School’s multi-disciplinary programs, including student community engagement. *Contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, curriculum and program development. * Advance the School’s research funding and reputation. Fundraising is essential to the success of MENAS, and development experience is preferred. * Organize and manage the School for maximum efficiency. * Develop, articulate, and execute a clear vision of the School that is inclusive of the mission of education and research suitable for a unit in an American Association of Universities institution. * Enhance the diversity of faculty and staff, reflecting the diverse constituencies (e.g., faculty, students, communities) served by the School. * Actively encourage and support professional and academic development of the faculty. Proactively promote pursuit of academic development up to and including the Professor level. * Support and promote the Arizona Arabic Flagship Program and the Arizona Center for Turkish Studies, both of which are housed in the School of MENAS. * Establish relationships of trust, collaboration, and respect between faculty, administration, and the community. * Work to develop and secure support for multi-disciplinary relationships and partnerships with other areas of the University of Arizona. * Represent MENAS appropriately in the larger college and university settings.

Open-rank faculty position in the Modern Middle East

Brandeis University

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for an open-rank (tenured or tenure-track) faculty position in the modern Middle East. Applicants must have training, linguistic expertise, and research and teaching interests in the region. Priority will be given to scholars with expertise in one or more of the following three areas: (a) Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States; (b) Syria and Lebanon; (c) Turkey. Applications in all fields of the Social Sciences are welcome with preference given to anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and Middle East Studies. This is a joint position between the Crown Center and the candidate’s relevant department. The successful applicant will hold a full-time appointment, half of it based in the Crown Center and half of it based in the candidate’s discipline. At the Crown Center, the successful applicant will serve as a member of the Center’s core research staff and take part in all Center activities. In the department of appointment, the candidate will teach one course per semester. Applications consisting of a letter of intent, a c.v., a brief statement of research and teaching interests, a chapter or article length writing sample, and three letters of reference should be submitted electronically at Completed applications will be reviewed beginning October 31, 2014.


Semester-long fellowships for scholars at Arab universities

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications from early-career social scientists affiliated with universities in the Arab world for semester-long fellowships in Fall 2015. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the fellowship offers advanced doctoral candidates or post-doctoral scholars within five years of their Ph.D. an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor at UNC-Chapel Hill, participate in ongoing research groups, and, if they desire, audit graduate seminars. The program is intended to provide an intensive intellectual experience, including advanced methodological training, for Arab social scientists at a formative stage of their career. The selected fellows must be physically based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the full semester of their fellowship. Fellows will participate in the scholarly activities of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, including the presentation of their research at the Center’s colloquium series. While any research subject will be considered, applicants working on issues related to food and food security, broadly conceived, may also be considered for a fellowship at UNC’s Global Research Institute and awarded additional privileges at the university, including access to research clusters. Applications for Fall 2015 fellowships are due on December 15, 2014. Application information is here. Please contact The Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at or call 919-962-2034 for more information.

2015-2016 Academic Year Junior Research Fellowships

Brandeis University

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is offering one-year fellowships to outstanding scholars of Middle East politics, economics, history, religion, or social developments for the 2015-2016 academic year. This fellowship can be either a post-doctoral position for new PhDs or a research fellowship for assistant professors during a year off from teaching. It would allow junior scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East. About the Crown Center The Crown Center’s research interests encompass the twenty-two members of the Arab League, stretching from Morocco to Iraq, as well as Israel, Turkey, and Iran. The Center’s research focus extends well beyond Arab-Israeli tensions to include Middle East politics and history, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, and regional security and arms control. Eligibility The 2015-2016 junior research fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position) and assistant professors in Middle East related fields. PhD must be completed by September 1, 2015. This fellowship is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. The stipend for these 10 months will be $45,000. In addition, funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits will be available during the appointment period. For more information: or email


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