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Governing Board

The CMES Governing Board advises the center on various matters of policy and practice, is informed about the Center's budget and its allocation, participates in the awarding of the FLAS fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, and reviews the performance of the director. Members also evaluate applications from prospective Visiting Scholars and affiliated faculty and members of the Center. Appointment to the Board is made by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Dean in consultation with the CMES director and members of the Center. Members serve three-year terms.

CMES Governing Board Members, 2020-21

Anne Betteridge
Director, CMES

Julie Ellison-Speight
Associate Director, CMES

Mahmoud Azaz
Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Michael M. Brewer
Senior Information Resources Officer, UA Libraries

David J. Dunford
Ambassador (Retired)

Benjamin C. Fortna
Head and Professor, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies

Hassan Hijazi
Senior Director, Middle East and North African Affairs, UA Global

Sharon Megdal
Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics; Director, Water Resources Research Center

Amy W. Newhall
Former MESA Executive Director; Retired Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Community Member

Atifa Rawan
Retired UA Librarian Emerita; Community Member

Ramzi Touchan
Research Professor, Dendrochronology and School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Maggy Zanger
Professor of Practice, School of Journalism
Graduate Student Representative
Aaron Graybill, PhD student, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Undergraduate Student Representative

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