Welcome to CMES

Welcome to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago. As a Title VI National Resource Center, CMES supports research, teaching, and outreach across a wide range of disciplines. CMES administers the MA program in Middle Eastern Studies, a dynamic interdisciplinary degree whose alumni span diverse fields from academia to government service. Through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, the Center works to maintain the University of Chicago's singular reputation as a leader in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. Regular conferences and lectures present cutting-edge research on Middle Eastern history, society, and culture. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) works with K-12 institutions, community colleges, business, media, and government to share campus expertise with the wider public.

Latest News and Announcements

UChicago International Area Studies Centers Awarded Over $6.7 Million in Grants from US Department of Education

We are pleased to announce that the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), and Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) have been awarded a total of over $6.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the period of 2018 to 2022. 

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