A b o u t   M E S P I 

MESPI is a curated interactive platform for Middle East Studies resources, specifically tailored for the needs of teachers, researchers, and students. It is a one-stop-shop for course design on the macro level, lesson planning on the micro level, and for scholarship vis-a-vis specific topics, countries, and disciplines. The MESPI project strives to reorient the way educators and students research, learn, and teach the Middle East. 

In Cooperation with The Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University (GMU), The Center For Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, The Asfari Institute For Civil Society And Citizenship at the American University in Beirut, the Center for Global Islamic Studies at GMU, we are launching he Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) to provide critical, user-friendly, and informative pedagogical material and instruction to educators in the field and beyond. MESPI will build on at least four counts: a) create and grow a community/network of educators; b) make available to them and to researchers, journalists, and students a wide array of resources; c) provide in good time a robust syllabus-building tool; and, finally, and most critically, d) MESPI will build partnerships with research centers, organizations, and projects that will constitute its evolving decision-making body.

For further information about MESPI and MESPI partnerships, please email us at info@mespi.org.

  MESPI Board Members

Adam Hanieh
Ahmad Dallal
Akram Khater
Amaney Jamal
Arang Keshavarzian
Asef Bayat
Asli Bali
Beth Baron
Fida Adely
Ilham Khuri-Makdisi
Jessica Winegar
Jillian Schwedler
John Willis
Khalid Medani
Lila Abu Lughod
Lisa Wedeen
Marc Lynch
Maria Dakake
Max Weiss
Melani Cammett
Muriam Haleh Davis
Nathalie Peutz
Pete Moore
Peter Mandaville
Rochelle Davis
Samah Selim
Sara Scalenghe
Sarah Shields
Shira Robinson
Susan Douglass

  MESPI Team

Bassam Haddad, Co-Director
Ziad Abu-Rish, Co-Director
Nadya Sbaiti, NEWTON Editor
Rosie Bsheer, MESPI Editor
Sherene Seikaly, MESPI Editor
Mekarem Eljamal, MESPI Associate Editor
Jacob Bessen, Essential Readings Editor
Shakeela Omar, Peer-Review Articles Review (PRAR) Editor
Claire Christensen, PRAR Co-Coordinator
Maddie Vagadori, MESPI Website Editor
Jonathan Adler, Essential Texts Editor
Willa Hart, PRAR Co-Coordinator
Kylie Broderick, ASI Liaison

MESPI's one-stop Shop

MESPI is a curated interactive platform for Middle East Studies resources, specifically tailored for the needs of teachers, researchers, and students. It is a one-stop-shop for course design on the macro level, lesson planning on the micro level, and for scholarship vis-a-vis specific topics, countries, and disciplines. The MESPI project strives to reorient the way educators and students research, learn, and teach the Middle East. 

Our Global community

The MESPI platform makes approaching scholarship and teaching accessible to all, through creating  a community/network of educators and  building partnerships with research centers, organizations, and projects that will constitute its evolving decision-making body. This project thus becomes that of a community interested in providing a more critical alternative to existing mainstream pedagogic materials/approaches.

Syllabus tool & bank

MESPI’S Syllabus-Building Tool will draw on both the MESPI community and curated resources as well as on the Knowledge Production Project to furnish a variety of choices and models. Educators would select the topic or country on which they seek resources, identify the category, reading load, and level of instruction. The interactive tool would guide them through the retrieval of these resources.