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Clem Henry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor emeritus honored by Middle East Studies Association

Posted: December 15, 2011

Clem Henry has received the 2011 Mentoring Award from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Henry, government professor emeritus, retired this year and is now chair of the political science department at American University in Cairo.

The MESA mentoring award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions retired faculty have made to the education and training of others. Previous winners include Robert Tignor (Princeton, 2009), Robert Fernea (University of Texas, 2003), and Charles Issawi (Princeton, 1999).

Granting the award, MESA recognized Henry’s “exceptional contributions to the education and training of others in Middle East studies, with deep appreciation for his ability to relate to students while educating them, and for his penchant for writing comments in margins that are simultaneously incisive and hilarious; and for  providing a model of excellence in teaching and collegiality.”

Henry has long been a leading scholar in contemporary Middle Eastern politics. His pioneering works on Tunisia and Morocco in the 1960s and 1970s laid the foundations and set the standards for subsequent political analysis of these countries. He launched a research agenda on oil and politics in the Arab world, and established himself in the 1980s as one of the most important English-language writers on business and politics in the Middle East. Henry’s book, “Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East,” with Bob Springborg (Cambridge University Press, 2001), now in its second edition (2010), is the standard reference on this topic.

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