About the Project


Generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York through 2019, APSA’s MENA Workshop program is a multi-year collaboration with early-career political science faculty in the Arab Middle East and North Africa to enhance regional scholarly capacity and networks.

Working with regional host universities, APSA organizes a program of week-long workshops that bring together approximately 20 early-career scholars from the MENA region for training in basic research skills and to foster regional and international collaboration. Each workshop is dedicated to a substantive issue in political science, with a unique program of lectures, discussions, topical presentations and debates, guest speakers, peer review sessions, professional development seminars, and local field trips. Throughout the 5-month program, fellows present and refine manuscripts for publication and build professional connections with other scholars.

The program is open to PhD candidates and early-career faculty from universities and/or research institutions across the Arab Middle East and North Africa region, defined as Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.


Steering Committee and Staff
The MENA Workshops program is managed by APSA’s department of International Programs, with support and guidance from the MENA Project Steering Committee.

APSA Staff:

  • Betsy Super – Deputy Director
  • Andrew Stinson – Associate Director of International Programs
  • Ahmed Morsy – MENA Workshops Consultant

MENA Project Steering Committee:

  • Abdulkhaleq Abdulla – UAE
  • Mustapha Al-Sayyid – Cairo University
  • Lisa Anderson – Columbia University (chair)
  • Matthew Nelson – University of London, SOAS
  • Amaney Jamal – Princeton University
  • Steven Rathgeb Smith – APSA Executive Director
  • Bassel Salloukh – Lebanese American University


Contact Us
For more information regarding the APSA MENA Workshops, please contact Ahmed Morsy at menaworkshops@apsanet.org.