Conference Awards Recipients

Each year at the Annual Conference, ASMEA selects winners for best paper prizes in the categories of Middle East, Africa, and Student.

2018 Conference

Middle East Category
Dr. Ramin Ahmadoghlu (Georgia Gwinett College)
Azerbaijani National Identity in Iran: Roots, Development, and Limits

Africa Category
Dr. Tricia Bacon (American University)
The Domestication of al-Shabaab

Student Category
Mr. Jeremiah Rozman(University of Virginia)
Socializing the PLO: Testing a Bargaining Framework Based on a New Non-State Actor Typology

2017 Conference

Middle East Category
Dr. Joel Parker (Tel Aviv University)
The Failure of the Syrian Opposition 2011-2017: What Went Wrong?

Africa Category
Dr. Jochen S. Arndt (Virginia Military Institute)
Struggles for Power, Identity and Language in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Case of the AmaHlubi

Student Category
Mr. Amir Mahdavi (Brandeis University)
Why is Studying Iranian Elections Politically Important? Facts Understood from the Electoral Behavior of the Constituencies Loyal to the Two Major Political Factions in Iran

2016 Conference

Middle East Category
Dr. Bosmat Yefet (Ariel University)
Authoritarianism, Jihadist Ideology, and Renewal of the Religious Discourse in Egypt

Africa Category
Dr. Robert Houle (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
From Christian Brother to Native: Claiming and Rejecting Christianity, Commerce, and Civilization in Early Twentieth Century Natal

Student Category
Mr. Eoghan Stafford (University of California, Los Angeles)
Stop the Presses: The Rise and Fall of Media Reform in Ben Ali’s Tunisia

2015 Conference

Middle East Category
Dr. Carlos Segovia (University of St. Louis, Madrid Campus)
The Jews and Christians of Pre-Islamic Yemen (Himyar) and the Elusive Matrix of the Qur’an’s Christology

Africa Category
Maj. Bonnie Kovatch (United States Military Academy)
Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Missions: A Case Study of MONUC & MONUSCO

Student Category
Ms. Rahel Fischbach (Georgetown University)
Rereading the Qur’ān – Challenging Traditional Authority: Political Implications of Contemporary Qur’ān Scholarship 

2014 Conference

Middle East Category
Prof. Francisco del Rio Sanchez  (University of Barcelona)
The Rejection of Muhammad’s Message by Jews and Christians and Its Effect on Islamic Theological Argumentation 

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Africa Category
Prof. Eric Lob (Florida International University)
The Overseas Operations of the Iranian Construction and Agricultural Jihad in Sub-Saharan Africa (1984-2009)

Student Category
Mr. Justin Fantauzzo (University of Cambridge, Darwin College)
Ending Ottoman Misrule: British Soldiers, Liberal Imperialism and the First World War in Palestine 

Best Paper Prize winners at 2014 ASMEA Annual Conference. Justin Fantauzzo (left), Eric Lob (center), and Francisco del Rio Sanchez (right).

Best Paper Prize winners at 2014 ASMEA Annual Conference. Mr. Justin Fantauzzo (left), Prof. Eric Lob (center), and Prof. Francisco del Rio Sanchez (right).

2013 Conference

Middle East Category
Prof. Banu Eligür (Baskent University)
The Arab Spring: Implications for U.S.-Israeli Relations

Africa Category
Prof. Jan Záhořík (University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)
Ethiopia’s Hegemony in the Horn of Africa: Internal Tensions and External Challenges Before and After Meles Zenawi

Student Category
Ms. Sarah J. Feuer (Brandeis University)
The Politics of Islamic Education in Morocco and Tunisia: Historical Trends and Current Debates

2012 Conference

Middle East Category
Prof. Nikolas Gardner (Royal Military College of Canada)
Indian Morale in the Mesopotamia Campaign 1914-1917

Africa Category
Prof. Nick Biziouras (United States Naval Academy)
The Genesis of the Modern Eritrean Struggle (1942-1961)

Student Category
Ms. Krisztina Szilagyi (Princeton/Cambridge – Post-Doctorate)
Muslim Conversion to Christianity in the Islamic World, 700-1000 AD

2011 Conference

Middle East Category
Dr. Dany Badran (Lebanese American University)
Rhetoric and Democracy in the Arab World: The Outlook for the Future

Africa Category
Prof. George “Larry” Simpson (High Point University)
Becoming Samburu: The Ethnogenesis of a Pastoral People in Nineteenth-Century Northern Kenya

Student Category
Mr. Julian Fuchs (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
The Military in Algeria-Changing Rule, Consistent Ideas

2010 Conference

Middle East Category
Prof. John Dunn (Valdosta State University)
Clothes to Kill For: Uniforms and Resistance in 19th Century Ottoman and Egyptian Armies

Africa Category
Prof. Amanda Kay McVety (Miami University)
The Rinderpest Campaign

Student Category
Mr. Michael O’Neal (Tel Aviv University)
Ghaza and Political Legitimacy in the Ghurid Empire