Student Awardees

We are incredibly proud of our Spring 2019 MA award-winning graduates and would like to spotlight their successes and accomplishments during their time at Mason. Read more about their stories below. 

Outstanding Accomplishment in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Jeta Luboteni

Jeta is thankful to have spent two educational years at George Mason pursuing the MA in Middle East and IslamicJeta Luboteni Studies. Here they learned from some of the best professors in their respective fields, each of which contributed in their own ways to Jeta's intellectual growth. Jeta continues to be interested in the relationship Albanian Muslims have with Islam, particularly those in the diaspora, and in the context of race and the racialization of religion. Jeta hopes to continue studying this topic in the form of a Ph.D. in the near future, as MEIS has further cemented the need to devote serious academic attention to this topic.

They would like to thank the following professors for their impact on a continuing journey through Middle East and Islamic Studies:

Professors  Huseyin Yilmaz, Abdulaziz Sachedina, and Ahmet Tekelioglu–––from whom it was a privilege to learn and whose lessons and support mean the world.

Dr. Noura Erakat, who is a true example of a scholar-activist,

And Dr. Bassam Haddad for founding the program and destroying myths about authoritarianism in the Middle East.

And last but not least fellow MEIS students for their especially their patience and constant support as Jeta brought passion for speaking about Albania into any and all conversations.


Outstanding Commitment in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Jon Hoffman

Jon has genuinely enjoyed studying the Middle East since high school. His academic interests include Middle EasternJon Hoffman politics, Islam and politics, the foreign policies of world powers within the region, the politics of sectarianism, and more. He has used the skills and knowledge derived from the MEIS program to publish numerous academic and policy-oriented papers, including graduate journals at Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Towson, and more. Jon wants to sincerely thank Professors Bassam Haddad, Abdulaziz Sachedina, and Heba El-Shazli. It is hard for him to put into words how central these three have been in not only for his academic development, but for his development as a person as well. Jon will be staying at Mason to pursue his PhD in Political Science beginning next semester under the guidance of Bassam, Sachedina, and Peter Mandaville.