Law Certificate
For Law Students interested in applications of Middle East and Islamic Studies to Law, the center has created a certificate program that addresses linguistic, cultural and legal issues of the Middle East.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2017-18 and Summer 2017
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2017-18 and Summer 2017
Co-sponsorship Policy
The Middle East Center sponsors programs and events serving the scholarly community at Penn that promote discussion of the history, culture, and politics of the modern Middle East.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission is to raise awareness about the unique circumstances of the Middle East and North Africa through implementing K-14 educational outreach programming, special events and academic lectures relating to the region.


Nili Gold
Fisher-Bennett, Room 401
Middle East Center and Yalla
Platt Student Performing Art House, Room 106 Stouffer Commons
Professor Ian Lustick Middle East Center, Browne Center for International Politics, Penn in Washington, and the Perry World House
Amado Rectial Hall, Room 110 Irvine Auditorium 3401 Spruce Street
Pamela Karimi
Annenberg 111, Annenberg School of Communication, 3620 Walnut St
Nahid Siamdoust
College Hall 200 (Class of 1954 Lecture Hall)

The MMES Degree Program

The interdisciplinary MMES degree program is designed to allow students, both majors and minors, to specialize in the Modern Middle East as a region of the world by combining course work using both social, scientific, and humanistic approaches, underpinned by relevant language skills.

Alumni on the Major

“The Modern Middle Eastern Studies major provided me an exciting, multifaceted lens through which to view a region that has interested me throughout my college career. The interdisciplinary approach offered me the unique opportunity to think about the contemporary Middle East in a nuanced fashion...  More >


The Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) is an interdisciplinary major and provides an education that can lead to various exciting and prestigious careers. MMES alumni have joined and pioneered the government and private sectors, and they have also excelled in the arts and medicine... More >

Outreach Programs

The MEC provides K-12 teachers, as well as the wider public, access to the multitude of resources on the Middle East available through the University of Pennsylvania.

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On October 12, the Middle East Center and the Kelly Writers' House hosted Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Prize laureate in literature for a conversation with Ambassador Robert Finn at the Harold Prince Theatre at the...

Teacher Professional Development: Middle East Crossroads of Culture

On August 24, sixteen K-12 teachers participated in a professional development workshop on cultural heritage preservation in...

Penn PhD candidate and Pulitzer Student Fellow Gareth Smail is featured in Penn News for his Pulitzer Center article on multilingualism in Morocco. 

In "Morocco Embraces...

Twenty K-12 teachers from the Greater Philadelphia Area participates in the Global Summer Institute

During the week of July 17-21, 2017, the Middle East Center, the South Asia Center, the...