Fredrik Meiton has been awarded two book prizes by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) for his book, “Electrical Palestine: Capital and Technology from Empire to Nation” (University of California Press, 2019). Meiton is an assistant professor of history. This is his first book. (See related story.)
MESA awards three book prizes annually and two biennially. Meiton won the annual Albert Hourani Book Award for the best book in Middle East Studies, which recognizes a work that exemplifies scholarly excellence and clarity of presentation, and the biennial Roger Owen Book Award, which recognizes the very best in economics, economic history or the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa scholarship.
Meiton is a historian of the modern Middle East who studies the intersection of politics, science and the environment, especially in the context of colonial development.
MESA is a non-profit association, founded in 1966, that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching, and encourages public understanding of the region and its peoples. MESA’s awards programs encourage the best work in the field of Middle East studies.