The MEIS faculty group extends a warm welcome to our new colleague Persis Karim, who joins us from San Jose State University to lead the newly established Iranian Diaspora Studies Center, located in HUM 503. We are excited to have Prof. Karim on our campus and look forward to future collaborations.
- Lucia Volk, who is the recipient of the Middle East Studies Association's 2017 Undergraduate Teaching Award, given to recognize excellence in the craft of teaching undergraduate Middle East Studies. The award was presented at this year's MESA Conference in Washington, DC.
- Alisar Mustafa, who is this year's recipient of the MEIS Student Excellence award in honor of her outstanding performance in her MEIS classes, as well as her efforts to raise awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis by organizing campus events as well as a special course on the topic through the Experimental College.
- Evren Savci for her forthcoming chapter, titled "Ethnography and Queer Translation" in the book Queering Translation, Translating the Queer: Theory, Practice, Activism, edited by Brian James Baer and Klaus Kaindl.