"MEMEAC promotes the study of the Middle East & Middle Eastern Americans."

Since 2001, the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY, has been promoting the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans by sponsoring lectures, seminars, and conferences, serving as a resource for both the CUNY community and the public at large, engaging in outreach and conducting research.

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Our Mission & History Since 2001, MEMEAC has worked to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans.

Our Events Each year, MEMEAC hosts events that highlight important topics in Middle Eastern studies.

Our Programs Academic programs focusing on the Middle East and its Diasporas at the CUNY Graduate Center and other CUNY Campuses.

Our Faculty Over 80 CUNY faculty specialize in Middle East Studies and Diaspora.

Our Students Master’s students earn an interdisciplinary MA in Middle Eastern Studies. PhD students work on the Middle East in the fields of Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, French, Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre.

Our Workshops MEMEAC organizes occasional workshops where faculty and graduate students present their research, senior scholars act as discussants. These workshops are attended by a small number of academics and graduate students keenly interested in the topic.

Our Latest News Latest updates about faculty publications and student and alumni awards, honors, and research.

Visiting MEMEAC Directions to the CUNY Graduate Center and the MEMEAC space.

Mission & History

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The mission of MEMEAC is to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans.


Since 2001, the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY, has been promoting the study of the Middle East and its diasporas. Bringing together a critical mass of more than eighty affiliated faculty members working on the MENA region and people from the region across many disciplines throughout the CUNY system, MEMEAC is also a magnet for doctoral students in Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and other disciplines. With growing interest in the Middle East, the Center launched a Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies in 2008. That program now has an enrollment of over 40 students, with alumni in human rights organizations, language teaching, and higher education administration as well as in doctoral programs, law, and other professional schools. MEMEAC regularly sponsors a works-in-progress seminar (“Dissections”), workshops on special topics, book talks, and cultural events, serving as a resource for both the CUNY community and the public at large, and recently launched an interdisciplinary dissertation writing seminar. MEMEAC attempts to link students, faculty, and the general public with the many Middle Eastern resources in the Metropolitan area.