Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2018-2019 and Summer 2018
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Academic Year 2018-2019 and Summer 2018
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.
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.

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.

Calendar of Events >  Learn More >

Congratulations to Nour Halabi!

She has accepted a job at Leeds University's School of Media and Communication and will be teaching race and media. 

Nour Halabi is a PhD Candidate...

Iran Graduate Students Workshop

This past weekend (May 4-5) the Middle East Center welcomed graduate students, early career scholars and senior scholars from Princeton, Chicago, Boston, Seattle,...

Congratulations Katherine Burge! Her photo won last year's Modern Middle East Studies (MMES) Photography Contest. Taken in 2015, her photo depicts the marshes around Basra, Iraq. You can find her photo...

Congratulations Kim Pulliam! This FLAS recipient has received a well-earned spotlight on our FLAS page. We wish you all the best.

 Read her bio by going to ...