"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 70 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 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.