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 2021. 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 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, 2021 for the 2021 award. Please put “Tessler Paper Prize submission” in the subject line.

The winner will be notified by January 31, 2022. The Mark Tessler AIMS Graduate Student Prize Award is a cash prize of $750.00.


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