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.
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
At the Middle East Center we recognize our position as a meeting point of different disciplines, departments, and constituents, which allows us to facilitate learning and research opportunities.

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.


Dr. Alan Verskin, University of Rhode Island
Fisher-Bennet Hall 224, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Dr. Dick Davis, Professor Emeritus of Persian at Ohio State University Lecture and Poetry Reading
ARCH 108, 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia 19104
Dr. Hassan Farhang Ansari, The Institute for Advance Studies
Fisher-Bennet Hall 244, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Dr. Shadi Hamid, The Brookings Insitution
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Shalini Kantayya (Director)
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Dr. Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania
Camden County College, Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility

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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Anna Viden and Laura Zier-Ehrlich Joins Middle East Center

Dr. Anna Viden joined the Middle East Center as Program Coordinator in January 2017. She has previously held positions as Lecturer at the...

The Middle East Center has been re-approved to issue Act 48 Professional Development Credit

In collaboration with the South Asia Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the Middle East Center has...

Middle East Center Islamophobia workshop is featured in PennNews

“Penn Experts Aid Grade School Teachers in Confronting Islamophobia in the classroom"

Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | ...

Middle East Center Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter Published: Check out what we have been up to!

The Middle East Center Fall 2016 Newletter has been released. It includes information regarding...