Master's Dissertation Prizes

The LSE Middle East Centre runs two prize competitions for Master's dissertations:

LSE Middle East Centre Master's Dissertation Prize
Designed to encourage and celebrate outstanding research on the Middle East and North Africa, the prize will be awarded annually to the most innovative and significant dissertation focussing on the region.
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Algerian Studies Master's Dissertation Prize
In conjunction with the Society for Algerian Studies, the Centre announces the launch of a prize aimed at Master’s students in the UK conducting research on Algeria. Prizes will be awarded to the best Algeria-focussed Master’s dissertation from any discipline.
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See below for the winners of the inaugural 2018 Master's Dissertation Prize, who were selected from a very strong field of entries.

Dr Michael Mason, Director of the Middle East Centre, stated:

‘This is the first time the Middle East Centre MSc dissertation prize has been offered and we were impressed by the variety and quality of submitted student work from across the School. The winning dissertation by William Bullock Jenkins was an outstanding study of Russo-Persian economic relations in the nineteenth century. It provides an original scholarly analysis informed by primary and secondary sources in multiple languages. A close runner-up was Maria Geftar’s rich comparative analysis of the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings. We extend our warm congratulations to both William and Maria.’


William Bullock Jenkins | MSc Global Economic History, Department of Economic History

1st Prize: 'Tariffs, Treaties, Trade: Integrating Tsarist Russian and Qajar Persian Markets under the Nineteenth Century Global Condition'.


Maria Geftar | MSc in Comparative Politics, Department of Government

2nd Prize: 'The Egyptian and Tunisian Uprisings as a Moment in the New Politics of Counter-hegemony: Organisation, Leadership and the Post-Modern Prince'.


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