2013 Conference Participants

The MESSA Executive Committee was delighted about the high volume of applications it received for the Second Annual Undergraduate Conference on Middle Eastern Studies in March 2013. Approximately 20 percent of submissions were accepted, which is a testament to the remarkable quality of submitted papers.


MESSA Steering Committee

The following students presented their submissions at our Second Annual Conference (in alphabetical order):

Adam Piotr Ziemba (Harvard University)
"Cohesion of the society and its impact on the transitional movement in the cases of Republic of Tunisia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan."

Alexander Keivahn Smith (University of Princeton)
Reactive To Proactive: The Evolution Of American Sanctions Targeting Iran

Alexander Wegner (Georgetown University)
"An Assessment of and Contribution to  Explanatory Variables for the Arab Spring"

Aminah Kandar (Georgetown University)
"Beyond Anti-Semitism."

Caitlin Elizabeth Attal (Georgetown University)
"The Media War in Syria: The Battle for the Last Word."

Emilio Eibenschutz
"Identity Formation in the State of Qatar."

Gavriel Matan Rosenfeld-Barnhard (University of Princeton)
"Women and Al-Nahda: A post-Jasmine Revolution Understanding of Women’s Rights in Tunisia."

Gregory Walter Ferris (Temple University)
"Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Chavezism as the Most Durable Model of Autocracy in the Post-Arab Spring World."

Gwendolyn Frances Schaefer (University of Kentucky)
"The Limbodification of Female Iraqi Refugees in Jordan: A Process of Perpetual Liminality."

Islam Hassan (Georgetown University)
"Relationship Status: It’s Complicated, Obama’s Foreign Policy Towards Egypt"

James Hollo (Northwestern University)
"Our Interests Come First"

Katherine Margaret Zuk (Temple University)
"Civil Conflict and the Struggle for Democracy in Algeria."

Mark Ryan Jahnke (Harvard University)
"Exploring different aspects of HIV in Iran"

Mary Elizabeth Kenefake (Wellesly College)
"The Socioeconomic Transformation of Iran: Reform and Revolution 1973 – 1985"

Nadia Sarra Elboubkri (Temple University)
"Gender Inequality and Social Mobilization in North Africa: A Comparative Case Study of Moroccan and Tunisian Women's Movements Post-Arab Spring."

Nadirah Omar Mansour (University of Princeton)
"Beyond Anti-Semitism."

Pablo Tuttilo (Connecticut College)
"Revising the History of the Sacred Foundations of Islam: The Exploration for Women’s Position in the Islamic World."

Suhaim Al-Thani
"Jihad and Its Changing Interpretations Throughout History."