Networking in MENA Political Science
One of the primary goals of APSA’s MENA Workshops program is to develop an active and supportive scholarly network for early-career scholars doing political science research on the Middle East and North Africa. By bringing together diverse groups of researchers for intensive and focused programs of study on issues of mutual interest, we aim to develop ongoing relationships of mentoring, support, and collaboration. To facilitate long-term connections, we provide alumni fellows with three year’s membership to APSA and access to small research grants. We also encourage alumni to engage with the broader community of MENA political science scholars by presenting at conferences, publishing their research, and connecting with a range of similar associations, organizations, and research groups.
Since 2013, over 130 scholars of MENA Political Science research have participated in APSA’s MENA Workshops (including 72 Arab PhD students and early-career scholars, 37 PhD students and early-career scholars from outside the MENA region, and 27 senior scholars). These alumni are a diverse group of scholars, with varied research interests and representing a rage of institutions across the United States, Europe, and the entire MENA region (see our interactive Dashboard for a detailed profile of this community). Through their research and public service, these scholars contribute to our understanding of the specific political, social, and economic challenges that exist across the region, and help train the next generation of students for engagement in robust peer review networks and employment in premier educational institutions.
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