Lights is the official journal of MESSA, the Middle Eastern Studies Students Association at the University of Chicago. Lights highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the study of the Middle East through the variety of articles we published bi-annually. The journal seeks to promote the accessibility of graduate student scholarship on the Middle East and showcase important region-specific contributions to a variety of fields. If you are interested in learning more about the study of the Middle East at the University of Chicago, please visit the website for the Center of Middle Eastern Studies.

Current Board of Editors
Editor in Chief: Rachel Farell
Managing Editor: Akhil Shah
Submissions Editor: Joel Veldkamp
Graphics Design Editor: Zachary Winters
Web Design Editor: Hélène Rey
Review Editors: Mohsin Rao and Gosia Łabno

Faculty Advisors

Fred M. Donner
Professor of Near Eastern History

John Woods
Professor of Middle Eastern History


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