Media Library
MEC offers an extensive collection of videos and DVDs for free use by schools, groups, and individuals in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region.
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.
Pulitzer International Student Reporting Fellowship for Penn Students
Middle East Center and the South Asia Center are now accepting applications in partnership with Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for our International Student Reporting Fellowship.

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.


Professor Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, Tufts University Dr. Deborah Harrold, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, PhD candidate Vish Sakthivel, University of Oxford, PhD candidate Austin Cooper, University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall, Golkin Room, HH 223, 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Robert Vitalis, Professor in Comparative International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Camden County College, College Drive, Blackwood NJ,08012-0200
Dr. Seth Anziska, Associate Professor of Jewish-Muslim Relations, University College London
Arch 108, 3601 Locust Walk, The ARCH Building, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Keren Friedman-Peleg, Visiting Assistant Professor, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
College Hall Rm 209, 3450 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Ahmad Almallah, Lecturer of Arabic and Arabic Literature, University of Pennsylvania Esraa Al-Shammari, PhD candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Ian Hartshorn, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno
Fisher Bennett Hall Rm 201, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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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Congratulations to Mina E. Khalil and Gareth Smail, the recipients of this year's Janet Lee Stevens Award for Arabic and Islamic Studies!

The Janet Lee Stevens Award is...

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Recipients!

Academic Year FLAS:


Star Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh, best known for his YouTube channel (especially the video No Women No Drive) and for the 2016 film Barakah Meets Barakah, now available on Netflix, ...

Congratulations to Jonathan Lahdo and Eliana Salmon, who are both minoring in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, on being named ...