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.
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.
Media Library
The Middle East Center maintains a collection of videos and DVDs for free use by schools, groups, and individuals in Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley region.

The Middle East Center's (MEC) mission involves raising awareness of the unique circumstances of the region through research and instructional programs.  The MEC has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, and we offer a wide range of educational opportunities.


Paul Cruickshank, CNN Terrorism Analyst
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
Michael A. Cook, Princeton University
Stiteler Hall B26, 208 South 37th Street
Dr. Amy Singer, Tel Aviv University
Stiteler Hall B21, 208 South 37th Street
Dr. Najeeb Shafiq, University of Pittsburgh
GSE Room 120
Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu, Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Middle East Center
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College

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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Western Asia Day at Penn

On March 24th, 2015, the Middle East Center hosted several students and their teachers from Moorestown Friends School as part of the its K-12 outreach programs....

Arabic Language Immersion Preps Penn Senior for Government Service Career

Blake Harwood, a Modern Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations Major, will be graduating from Penn in May of...

Foreign Language and Area Fellowships Open Doors For Penn Students 

The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, along with South Asia Center, African Studies Center,...

2015 International Women's Day

On Wednesday, March 4th, International House Philadelphia hosted the extremely successful 2015 International Women’s Day.  A collaboration between numerous...

Interfaith Dialogue and Outreach 

The Middle East Center and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has been collaborating on interfaith dialogue projects that promotes mutual...