University of Wisconsin–Madison

MESP Receives Funding for ‘Cluster Hiring’ Initiative

Bassem Youssef

The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) is one of the six recipients of UW–Madison’s Cluster Hiring Initiative, the university’s incentive plan designed to facilitate interdisciplinary strategic hiring by providing salary support for faculty positions.

MESP submitted “The Comparative Study of Modern Arab Politics and Society,” which not only complements existing strengths by addressing an area not well represented on campus, but also establishes a nexus for innovative and compelling research on the cutting edge of work on the Middle East.

“The proposals were chosen on the basis of their ability to catalyze new, pathbreaking areas of research, to engage researchers and students alike, and to provide the foundation for new areas of teaching and outreach,” says Michael Bernard-Donals, vice provost for faculty and staff. “In their focus on the interrelation of research and teaching, and the outcomes of the work for the public good, they are excellent examples of the Wisconsin Idea in action.”

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