Updated: January 2014

History of the SSA

Past Officers

Presidents

2012-2013
Joshua Landis

Associate Professor
Middle East Studies
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
landis@ou.edu
Joshua

2010-2011
Fred H. Lawson,

Professor, Rice Chair
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Bl.
Oakland, CA 94613

lawson@mills.edu
Fred Lawson

2006-2009
Peter Sluglett,
Professor
Office: 214 C Hall History, Carlson Hall
380 S 1400 East Rm211
Salt Lake City, Utah   84112
sluglett@aol.com
Peter Sluglett

2003-2005
Dawn Chatty
Deputy Director of the Refugee Studies Centre (Queen Elizabeth House) Oxford

2001-2003
Randi Deguilhem, Tenured Researcher
CNRS, IREMAM, MMSH, University of Provence
5 rue du château de l'horloge BP 647 FRANCE
telephone: 33 (0)4 42 52 41 67
fax: 33 (0)4 42 52 43 72
deguilhem@mmsh.univ-aix.fr

1999-2001
Birgit Schäbler
Prof. Dr. Universität Erfurt,
Lehrstuhl für Westasiatische Geschichte
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt
Sekretar. 0361/737-4410
Durchwahl 737-4441
Fax 0361/737-4419

1993- 1999
Linda Schilcher: Founder of the SSA
(Jim Quilty remembers that Linda first discussed forming the SSA at the Portland MESA. We are not sure if that was in 1991 or 92?) Randi D. remembers "Linda talking about founding a Syria Studies Group when she was in Aix in 1992 - it was first called that until 1995 or 1996 when the general meeting voted to change its name to Association instead of Group. I think that the group was established in 1993."

Linda Schilcher writes from California (Dec. 2003) that: "The idea to form the Syrian Study Group came a long while back from Dunning Wilson, UCLA ME Bibliographer, as expressed to me and Alistair Drysdale, informally. I thought it over, and once settled in at Villanova, decided to have a first "meeting" at the next MESA. About 12 showed up for that and the "Syrian Studies Group" was officially founded, to have its annual meetings at each MESA, to be international, non-political, scholarly, etc.. The initial goals were modest: to have a forum for (usually) isolated Syrianists all over the world, a NEWSLETTER, at least one sponsored-panel at MESA every year, and maybe some prizes. It grew from there, with a lot of secretarial support from Villanova University's Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, and a great first NEWSLETTER editor in Jill Schwedler, then a grad. student at NYU. The rest of the work was done over the phone, thanks to a generous phone budget, again, from Villanova."


Newsletter Editor

2007-2010
Steve Tamari
Department of Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

2003-2007
Elyse Semerdjian
Dept. of Hist., Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, USA.

2001-2003
Geoffrey Schad
Univ. of Texas

2000-2001
Joshua Landis
University of Oklahoma

1996-97
Jim Quilty,
journalist with the Daily Star in Beirut


Treasurer

2011/2012
Zayde Antrim
Associate Professor of History
Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

2008-2010
Geoffrey Schad
Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania

2007-2008
Annie C. Higgins
Assistant Professor, Arabic Literature, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

2001-2006
Sherry Vatter
Assistant Professor, California State University,Long Beach

1995 to 2001
Dr. Jim Reilly
University College, University of Toronto

? - 1995
Paul Kingston
University of Toronto


Webmaster

2001 to 2010
Joshua Landis
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma


Chair of Prize Committee

2011/2012
Steve Tamari
Assistant Professor of Historical Studies
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2008-2010
Peter Sluglett
Professor, University of Utah
and
Andrea Stanton
University of Denver

2003-2006
Mary Christina Wilson
Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2001-2003
Keith Watenpaugh
Assistant Professor, Le Moyne College, NY

1998-2000
Randi Deguilhem, Tenured Researcher
CNRS, IREMAM, MMSH, University of Provence

1996-1998
Mahmoud Haddad
Balamand University, Lebanon


Syria Liaison

2011-present
position vacant

2009-2010
Beverly Levine (now Beverly Tsacoyianis)
Washington University in St Louis

2003-2006
Sylvia Chiffoleau
Scientific Director
IFEAD

2000-2002
Nadine Meouchy
Scientific Director
IFEAD
now at Univ. of Lyons


Lebanon Liaison

2008(?)-present
position vacant

2005-2007
Stefan Weber


Book Review Editor

2011-2013
Beverly Tsacoyianis
Washington University in St Louis

2007-2010
Andrea Stanton
Sarah Lawrence College

2005-2007
Steve Tamari
Department of Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

2002-2005
Herb Bodman
Professor Emeritus, Univ. of North Carolina


Student Member

2012-2013
Benjamin Smuin
University of California, San Diego

2010-2011
Hilary Kalmbach
University of Oxford

2008-2009
Beverly Levine (now Beverly Tsacoyianis)
Washington University in St Louis

2006-2007
Hania Abou Al-Shamat
University of Southern California

Member at Large

If you have further information about past holders of this office, please contact the webmaster.

2012/2013
Benjamin Thomas White
Lecturer in Modern History
Uiversity of Birmingham, UK

2011/2012
Heghnar Watenpaugh
Associate Professor of Art History
UC Davis, California

2009/2010
Elyse Semerdjian
History, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington


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