Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

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The mission of MEMEAC is to promote the production and exchange of knowledge on and with the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans.

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Since 2001, the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at the CUNY Graduate Center has been promoting the study of the Middle East and migrants from the region. Bringing together a critical mass of more than eighty affiliated faculty members from throughout the CUNY system, MEMEAC serves as a magnet for doctoral students at the GC who focus on the Middle East and North Africa from different disciplinary perspectives and a hub for our own Master’s students. With growing interest in the Middle East, the Center launched a Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies in 2008 that draws students from across the country and around the world. MEMEAC regularly sponsors book conversations, manuscript reviews, works-in-progress seminars, dissertation writing groups, and workshops. The Center functions as a resource for both the CUNY community and the public at large.

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M.A. Program in Middle Eastern Studies

The Center is a magnet for doctoral students in Anthropology, Art History, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and other disciplines. With growing interest in the Greater Middle East, the Center launched a Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies in 2008. Visit the Middle Eastern Studies Master’s Program page for more information.

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Jun 22, 2021

MEMEAC Family Achievements 202o-2021

The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center celebrates the professional and academic achievements of our affiliated faculty and students.

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Beth Baron

Distinguished Professor, History; Distinguished Professor, Women's and Gender Studies; Distinguished Professor, Middle Eastern Studies; Distinguished Professor, Africana Studies; Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

Jeremy Randall

Assistant Program Officer, Middle Eastern Studies; Assistant Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center