Anne Mosely Lesch

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Ann M. Lesch

"Dr. Ann Mosely Lesch, dean of humanities and social sciences professor at the American University in Cairo was formerly a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at Villanova University and past president of the Middle East Studies Association in North America (MESA). She has published five books on Palestine: Politics in Palestine, 1917-1939 (1979), Political Perceptions of the Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (1980), Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians, with Mark Tessler (1989), Transition to Palestinian Self-Government (1992), and Origins and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, with Dan Tschirgi (1998; 2nd edition, 2006). She worked in Jerusalem for the American Friends Service Committee (1974-77), supervised a grants program on the West Bank for the Ford Foundation (1977-84), and conducted research in Gaza for Universities Field Staff International, while living in Cairo (1984-87). She served as editor of MESA’s book review Bulletin (1997-99) and administered a federally funded exchange program between the business faculties of Villanova and Bethlehem universities (1994-99). She is also a member of the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East and a member of the Middle East peace education advisory committee for the American Friends Service Committee." [1]


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  1. Directors, Palestinian American Research Center, accessed February 5, 2009.