Over 80 CUNY faculty specialize in Middle East Studies and Diaspora. Visit the News page to see recent Publications from faculty. Name College Department Areas of Interest Email Phone Abdoh, Salar City College English Iran, M.E. firstname.lastname@example.org 212-650-6371 Abrahamian, Ervand...Read More
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.
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. The Center’s base in the heart of mid-Manhattan (across from the Empire State Building) is easily accessible to visitors from the tri-state metropolitan region. With the support of CUNY’s outstanding faculty, MEMEAC aims to continue the leadership to strengthen and expand Middle East Studies at CUNY.
The Center is currently hosting the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the leading journal in the field. It brings together a critical mass of more than 70 affiliated faculty members working in the Middle East and its diaspora across many disciplines throughout the CUNY system. 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. That program now has an enrollment of over 40 students, with its first graduates finding jobs at human rights organizations, Middle East Centers, higher education administration, in language teaching, as well as matriculating at Ph.D. programs, law, or other professional schools.
With its emphasis on the cultural and social dimensions of the region and its attention to the diaspora experience, MEMEAC has built a large public following for its programming. It regularly sponsors talks, panels, concerts, performances, film, and other outreach activities in the evenings. MEMEAC tries to link students, faculty, and the general public with the many Middle Eastern resources in the Metropolitan region. In as much it has benefitted from being in the hub, geographically, academically, and socially, the Center’s goal has been to give back to the large and multi-diverse population.