Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Established in 1954 to support research and teaching on the Middle East, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies has produced generations of scholars with a profound understanding of and active engagement in the region. At the core of the Center’s mandate is the pursuit of firsthand knowledge about the Middle East based on literacy in its languages and a deep understanding of its diverse politics, cultures, and histories.

 

Our broad interdisciplinary approach encompasses the humanities and social sciences as well as the arts and natural sciences. To this end, CMES engages with faculty from across Harvard University whose teaching and research focus on the Middle East, with departments, professional schools, and other regional studies centers, and with Harvard libraries and museums holding exceptional and unparalleled collections related to Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Our dynamic academic community includes over forty faculty, a diverse cohort of more than fifty graduate students, and an annual contingent of twelve to fifteen visiting researchers.

 

CMES coordinates three PhD programs and one master’s program within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and houses the modern Middle Eastern language programs. The Center is also home to the stateside offices of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). Our vast array of ongoing seminar series and topical workshops, the majority of which are open to the public, bring regional experts and diverse perspectives to the Harvard community and beyond.

 

Visit the CMES website to explore K-12 educator resources on the Middle East and North Africa developed out of past CMES Outreach programming. 

Contact Information

Email: 

38 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-4055