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.
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.
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.

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.


Middle East Center Staff
Irvine Green Room, 3401 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dr. Jillian Schwedler, Professor, Department of Political Science, Hunter College & The Graduate Center, CUNY
The Center at Camden County College, PO Box 200, Blackwood, NJ 08012
Intissar Fakir, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Camden County College, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012-0200
Amir Ahmadi Arian
TOWNE Building 307
Reza Sayah
Stiteler Hall B21
Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan and Director of its Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Stiteler Hall B21
Kelly J. Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University
Stiteler B21, 208 South 37th 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.

Calendar of Events >  Learn More >

Eisenhower Fellows Fatimah Alhamlan, Deema AlSekait, and Abdulwahab Al Betairi joined us for an engaging panel on the current state of Saudi Arabian society and its future.

The panel was moderated...

Journalist Emily Feldman and Senior Education manager Fareed Mostoufi from the Pulitzer Center held workshop on how to challenge stereotypes about women in the Middle East

On Tuesday August 14...

Penn PhD-Students Presented at the 2018 Global Leadership Seminar: Islam, Politics & Change in the Middle East organized for Philadelphia high school students by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and...

Professor Heather Sharkey Publishes New Book, A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East