Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a private, non-profit, non-political learned society that brings together scholars, educators and those interested in the study of the region. From its inception in 1966 with 50 founding members, MESA has increased its membership to more than 2,800 and now serves as an umbrella organization for more than sixty institutional members and thirty-nine affiliated organizations. MESA sponsors an annual meeting that is a leading international forum for scholarship, intellectual exchange and pedagogical innovation. It is responsible for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the premiere journal on the region, the MESA Review of Middle East Studies and a quarterly newsletter. An awards program recognizes scholarly achievement, service to the profession and exemplary student mentoring. MESA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors elected by the membership.