The Journal

The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies is the official publication of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies. The first volume was published in 2005. In 2015, JMEWS won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Award for Best Journal Design. This interdisciplinary journal advances Middle East gender, sexuality, and women’s studies through the contributions of academics, artists, and activists from around the globe in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. JMEWS is a venue for region-specific research informed by transnational feminist, gender, and sexuality scholarship. Editors encourage submission of work that employs historical, ethnographic, literary, textual, and visual analyses and methodologies. The editors are committed to formative and efficient expert review. All published articles undergo double blind expert review. JMEWS also publishes book reviews and review essays (focused on art exhibits, panels of significance, films, two or more scholarly books, fiction, or state of the field) that highlight theoretical innovation in region-focused gender and sexuality studies. The Third Space section offers a forum for 500 to 2,000 word artistic, intellectual, and activist interventions of relevance to the field. The journal is published in three issues annually. Subscription includes membership in the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies.

Rights and Permissions: Author and third party requests to reprint or reuse published JMEWS material should be submitted to Duke University Press.

JMEWS is indexed/abstracted in the following: EBSCO Current Abstracts, EBSCO Current Citations Express, EBSCO Education Research Complete, EBSCO Education Research Index, European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH Plus), Feminist Periodicals, Humanities Index, Index Islamicus, Index to Jewish Periodicals, Project Muse, ProQuest Genderwatch, ProQuest Research Library, Sociological Abstracts, Thomson Reuters Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports/Social Science Edition, Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index, Wilson Omnifile.

2016 Article Acceptance Rate: 8.33 percent (96 manuscripts)

2015 Article Acceptance Rate: 20 percent (100 manuscripts)

JMEWS Subscription Rates:

Individuals print and electronic, $75 | electronic only, $55

Retirees, independent scholars, and individuals in low-income nations* print and electronic, $50 | electronic only, $30

Students and activists print and electronic, $35 | electronic only, $15

*Low-income nations are defined as Low and Lower-Middle Income Nations by the World Bank. To subscribe, please call +1-919-688-5134 or 888-651-0122 (toll-free in the US and Canada), or e-mail Please direct editorial questions to



Editors Emeritae

  • Marcia C. Inhorn (University of Michigan) and Mary N. Layoun (University of Wisconsin), Volume 1:1–2 (2005)
  • Marcia C. Inhorn (University of Michigan), Volume 1:3 (2005), Volume 2 (2006)
  • Nancy Gallagher (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Sondra Hale (University of California, Los Angeles), Volumes 3–6 (2007–2010)
  • Marcia C. Inhorn (Yale University), Volumes 7–10 (2011–2014)
  • miriam cooke (Duke University), Banu Gokariksel (UNC Chapel Hill) and Frances Hasso (Duke University), Volumes 11-14 (2015-2018)

Current Editorial Team


Reviews Editor

Managing Editors

Third Space Editors

Editorial Board

  • Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University
  • Attiya Ahmad, George Washington University
  • Nadje Al-Ali, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Yeşim Arat, Boğaziçi University
  • Marilyn Booth, University of Oxford
  • Mounira Charrad, University of Texas at Austin
  • Nadia El Cheikh, American University of Beirut
  • Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona
  • Lara Deeb, Scripps College
  • Hoda Elsadda, Cairo University and Women and Memory Forum
  • Hatoon Al Fassi, Qatar University/King Saud University
  • Ellen Fleischmann, University of Dayton
  • Farha Ghannam, Swarthmore College
  • Zeina G. Halabi, American University of Beiruit
  • Wilson Chacko Jacob, Concordia University
  • Amaney Jamal, Princeton University
  • Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis
  • Lilia Labidi, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Salam Al-Mahadin, Al-Ahliyya Amman University
  • Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia
  • Valentine Moghadam, American University
  • Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington
  • Gul Ozyegin, College of William and Mary
  • Jale Parla, Bilgi University
  • Noor Al Qasimi, Exeter University
  • Fatima Sadiqi, University of Fez
  • Zakia Salime, Rutgers University
  • Hanadi Al-Samman, University of Virginia
  • Elyse Semerdjian, Whitman College
  • Nazanin Shahrokni, American University of Beirut
  • Judith Tucker, Georgetown University
  • Minoo Moallem, UC Berkeley
  • Bettina Dennerlein, University of Zurich
  • Aymon Kreil, Ghent University
  • Diya Abdo, Guilford College
  • Rebecca Joubin, Davidson College