Ron Messier

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Ronald Messier
Senior Lecturer
Department of History
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235

Office: Benson 109
Hours: T 9:30-10:30 a.m.
TR 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Phone: 322-6323 (office)
273-1474 (home)

Ronald A. Messier is a professor of Middle East history  at Vanderbilt University. He received his MA and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan. His teaching and research focus is on Islam, North Africa, architecture and archaeology. Since 1987, he has directed an ongoing excavation of the ancient city of Sijilmasa, a city in southeastern Morocco, famous for its gold trade and its contacts with Timbuktu and other cities of West Africa. In recognition of that work, he received the university's prestigious Outstanding Research Award in 1997. He has won several teaching awards including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education award as Tennessee Professor of the Year for 1993, the MTSU Outstanding Honors Faculty Award in 1978, and the MTSU Outstanding Teacher Award in 1976.

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