Philadelphia – June 2, 2017 – For immediate release - To mark the 15th anniversary of Campus Watch, we are pleased to announce the appointment of six writers as the initial Campus Watch Fellows. All have doctorates and are experienced scholars who regularly contribute important essays on the state of Middle East studies in North America.

Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, has critiqued Middle East studies in North American universities since 2002.


Mitchell Bard is the executive director of the nonprofit American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and director of the Jewish Virtual Library. For three years he was the editor of Near East Report, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) weekly newsletter on U.S. Middle East policy. Before working for the AIPAC, he was a polling analyst for the George (H.W.) Bush for President Survey Research Group during the 1988 presidential election. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and has written and edited 22 books. His latest books are The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East and Israel Matters: Understand the Past – Look to the Future.

A. J. Caschetta is a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches English and political science. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University, where he studied the effects of the French Revolution and Reign of Terror on British society. After 9/11, he began focusing on the rhetoric of radical Islamists and on Western academic narratives explaining Islamist terrorism. He writes frequently for the Middle East Quarterly and his writings have appeared in many outlets, including the Washington Examiner, the Hill, Inside Higher Education, and the Daily Caller.

Andrew E. Harrod is a freelance researcher and writer who holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Harrod's work concerning various political and religious topics has appeared at American Thinker, Breitbart, the Daily Caller, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, and World, among others. He is a fellow with the Lawfare Project, an organization combating the misuse of human rights law against Western societies.

Michael Lumish earned his Ph.D. in American history from Pennsylvania State University and has taught at Penn State, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He publishes regularly on the Arab-Israel conflict at his own blog, Israel Thrives, and is founding editor of the scholarly online discussion forum H-1960s. Lumish's writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, the Times of Israel, PJ Media, the Jewish Press, and American Thinker, among others.

Asaf Romirowsky is executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and an adjunct professor at Haifa University. Trained as a historian, he holds a Ph.D. in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College, London, and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, American foreign policy in the Middle East, and Israeli and Zionist history. Romirowsky is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief.

Mara Schiffren, a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, earned her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. She is currently working on a book about historical Israel. The publications in which her writings have appeared include the Daily Caller, American Thinker, and the Jewish Press.


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Winfield Myers, Director of Academic Affairs and Campus Watch
Myers@Meforum.org