Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship for Penn Students
Interested in issues that are under-reported in mainstream American media? Going abroad this summer to South Asia or the Middle East? Apply to be a Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellow!
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.
Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.

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. Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher and Dr. Jamal Elias K-12 Educators
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA
Dr. Salam Al Kuntar K-12 Educators
Penn Museum 3260 South Street Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Erika Gilson Turkish Language Educators
Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 222, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
311 Griski Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.

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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The Middle East Center would like to congratulate Dr. Feride Hatiboglu for being voted among the top five best professors at Penn!

In a ranking of the top 30 Penn...

The Middle East Center is pleased to announce the Master Teacher Fellows for 2016. Varley S. Paul from, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, and Melanie...

MEC congratulates Natalie Au and Rachel Townzen on being named the Pulitzer International Student...

Dr. Harun Küçük Delivers the Dean's Lecture at the Mongomery County Community College

Middle East Center continues to expand its outreach efforts to new partners. Most recently, we...