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- President-Elect (2006-2009), The Central Eurasian Studies Society of North America.
- Resource faculty and moderator, “Teaching Islam in Eurasia,” a three-year summer institute (2005-2008) organized by the Social Science Research Council, Washington D.C. and funded by the Open Society Institute, Budapest and the Mellon Foundation; Kazan, 2005; Bishkek, 2006; and Alma-Ata, 2007.
- An NEH grant to organize and conduct a summer workshop for high school teachers on the topic “The Arab World and the West,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, July 7-August 2, 2002 ($150,000), co-director with Michael Fahy and Ron Stockton.
- A John R. and Betty B. Edman Award for Faculty Scholarship and Teaching ($25,000), College of Literature, Science and the Arts, The University of Michigan, 1997–2002;
- Rackham Summer Research Fellowship ($7,000), The University of Michigan, June-August, 1995;
- Fellow, The Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations, Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellowships in the Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1992–1993 ($28,000);
- Member, The Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton, NJ, 1991–1992 ($20,000);
- Honorary awards for the best series of articles and papers by young scholars, The USSR Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, 1986, 1988, 1989. 
Resources and articles
- Alexander Knysh, accessed September 10, 2007.