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.
Useful links, lesson plans, language learning resources, and much more on the Middle East and North Africa.
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.

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. Erika Gilson Turkish Language Educators
Fisher - Bennett Hall Room 222, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Dr. Jonathan Gribetz (Princeton University)
Stitler Hall B-26, 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA
311 Griski Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.
Dr. Hocine Fetni and representatives from the Modern Middle East Studies and International Relations program
Mayer Seminar Room, Mayer Residence Hall, Stouffer College House

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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Dr. Kashani–Sabet named Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

Middle East Center Director, Dr. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, has been named Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History. Earlier this year...

Philadelphia World Heritage Lesson Plan Project

On July 11th - 22nd, ten educators of diverse backgrounds came together to design lesson plans that teach...

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...