The Mark Tessler Graduate Student Prize Award

AIMS invites submissions of papers by Graduate Student members of AIMS (The AIMS Graduate Student Association, GSA) for the Mark Tessler Graduate Student Prize Award.

Papers must be complete in written form and must have been delivered in-person or virtually before a professional audience at the departmental, university, regional, or national level in 2023. The date and name of the professional meeting must be submitted along with the paper itself. The subject of the paper must concern the Maghrib in any of its dimensions and must be in English. The paper will be submitted for publication to the Journal of North African Studies (JNAS), the AIMS professional journal. If selected, it will be identified as the Mark Tessler Prize Paper. The paper needs to follow the JNAS publication format.

The paper will be juried by two members of the AIMS Board and the award, named for Professor Mark Tessler in honor of his enduring interest in the Maghrib, his ten years of leadership as AIMS president, and his sustained efforts to develop graduate students prepared to work in the field, will be announced at the annual MESA meeting.

Papers must be submitted to by December 31, 2023 for the 2023 award. Please put “Tessler Paper Prize submission” in the subject line.

The winner will be notified by February 15, 2024. The Mark Tessler AIMS Graduate Student Prize Award is a cash prize of $750.00.


2023 Winner:
Lacy Murphy, Washington University in St. Louis, A Visual Battleground with Multiple Fronts: World War II Propaganda in French Algeria

2022 Winner:
Sheyda Khaymaz, University of Texas at Austin, Phantom Images, Residual Violences: An Unlooking and Untelling of Marc Garanger’s Femmes Algériennes 1960 

2021 Winner:
Julian Weideman, Princeton University, Praxis of Islamic Reform: The Politics of Zaytuna Student Housing in Colonial Tunisia

2020 Co-Winners:
July Blalack, SOAS, University of London, Hidayat man hara fi amr al-Nasara: Space, Belonging, and Siba in the 19th c. Sahara
Samia Errazzouki, University of California, Davis, Racial capitalism and Morocco’s invasion of the Songhai Empire (1591)