Institutional Members

The following organizations are institutional members of MESA who share in MESA’s commitment to recognizing excellence in the field, encouraging growth and vibrancy of all the different disciplines within Middle Eastern studies, and defending the rights of scholars and academics around the world. Information on applying for institutional membership is located below. 

Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations 
210 Euston Road
London NE1 2DA
United Kingdom
+44-20-7380-3800 • fax +44-20-7380-3830

American University in Cairo
420 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Fl
New York NY 10018
Contact: Rabab El Mahdi 

American University in Dubai
PO Box 28282
United Arab Emerates
Contact: Sabrina Joseph, Dean of School of Arts and Sciences

American University of Kuwait
PO Box 3323 
Safat 13034, Kuwait 
Contact: Magdalene El Neaman, Executive Assistant to the Dean 
+965-224-8399x 543 • fax +965-574-9638

AMIDEAST Education Abroad
2025 M. St NW #600 
Washington DC 20036-3363 
Contact: Elena D. Corbett, Director of Education Abroad 
202-776-9646 • fax 202-776-7029

Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies
PO Box 10277
Al Tarafa Street, Zone 70
Wadi Al Banat, Al Dhaayen, Qatar

Arab Center Washington DC (ACW)
800 10th Street NW Suite 650 
Washington DC 20001 
Contact: Tamara Kharroub, Assistant Executive Director 
202-750-4000 • fax 202-750-4002

Arab Council for the Social Sciences
John Kennedy Street 
Alamuddin Bldg, 2nd floor 
Ain El Mraisseh 
Beirut, Lebanon 
Contact: Seteney Shami, Director General 
+961 1 370214 • fax +961 1 370215

Boston College, Program in Islamic Civilization & Societies 
c/o Political Science Department 
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 
Contact: Ali Banuazizi, Director 
Kathleen Bailey, Associate Director 

Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Mailstop 010
Waltham MA 02454-9110
Contact: Shai Feldman, Director
781-736-5320 • fax 781-736-5324

Bridgewater State University, Center for Middle East Studies
West Campus 25 Park Terrace Room 205
Bridgewater MA 02325
Contact: Madhu Rao

Brown University, Center for Middle East Studies 
Box 1970, Watson Institute for International Studies 
111 Thayer Street 
Providence, RI 02912 
Contact: Nadje Al-Ali, Director 

California State University, San Bernardino, Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies 
5500 University Parkway 
San Bernardino CA 92407-2397 
Ahlam Muhtaseb, Director
(909)537-5897 • fax (909) 537-7107

Center for International & Regional Studies-Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Education City, Qatar Foundation 
PO Box 23689
Doha, Qatar
Contact: Suzi Mirgani, Managing Editor
Mehran Kamrava, Director 
+974 4457 8400 • fax+974 4457 8401 

Columbia University, Middle East Institute 
1114 International Affairs Bldg 
New York NY 10027 
Contact: Brinkley Messick, Director

Cornell University, Department of Near Eastern Studies 
409 White Hall 
Ithaca NY 14853-7901 
Contact: Lauren Monroe, Chair 
607-255-6275 • fax 607 -255-6450 

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
PO Box 37012, MRC-178 
Washington DC 20013-7012 
Contact: Heidi Wiederkehr, Deputy Director 
202.633.1599 • fax 202-786-2430 

Dartmouth College, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program 
101D Bartlett Hall 
Hanover, NH 03755 
Dartmouth College 
Hanover NH 03755-3525 
603-646-2861 • fax 603 -646-3115

Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
c/o University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 
3025 FedEx Global Education Center 
301 Pittsboro St. CB# 7582 
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7582 
Contacts: Carl W. Ernst (UNC) 
Miriam Cooke (Duke) 
919-843-0129 • fax 919-843-2102

Florida State University, Middle East Center 
Tallahassee, Florida 32306 
Contact: Zeina T. Schlenoff, Director 
Zafer Lababidi, Assistant Director 
fax 850-644-0524 or

Foundation for Iranian Studies
4343 Montgomery Ave #200 
Bethesda MD 20814 
Contact: Mahnaz Afkhami, Director 
301-657-1990 • fax 301-657-1983

George Washington University, Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES)
Elliott School of International Affairs 
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 512 
Washington, DC 20052 
Contacts: William Younes, Acting Director 
Salimah Shabbaz, Operations Manager 

Georgetown University, Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU)
Intercultural Center 260
Washington DC 20057
Contact: Tamara Sonn, Director
202-687-8375 • fax 202-687-8376 

Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)
Intercultural Center 241
Washington DC 20057-1020
Contact: Rochelle Davis, Director
202-687-5793 • fax 202-687-7001

Harvard University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 
38 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge MA 02138 
Contact: Lauren Montague, Executive Director
617-495-4056 • fax 617-496-8584

ILEX Foundation
82 Revere Street 
Boston MA 02114 
Contact: Niloo Fotouhi, Executive Director 
617-723-9977 • fax 617-723-3366

Indiana University Bloomington, Center for the Study of the Middle East 
School of Global and International Studies
Bloomington IN 47405 
Contact: Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, Director 
Jennifer Webeck, Assistant Director

Lund University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Box 201, 221 00 
Lund, Sweden 
Contact: Director 
+46 46 222 3687

McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies 
3485 McTavish, Morrice Hall Rm 319 
Montréal QC H3A 1Y1 Canada 
Contact: Robert Wisnovsky, Director 
514-398-6077 • fax 514-398-6731

Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace 
Block B, #06-06 
Singapore 119620 
Contact: Michelle Teo, Acting Director 
Carl Skadian, Associate Director
LimWei Chean, Assistant Manager, Publications

New York University, Hagop Kevokian Center for Near Eastern Studies 
50 Washington Sq South 
New York NY 10012 
Contact: Helga Tawil Souri, Director 

Ocean County College, Middle Eastern Studies Center 
Gateway Building, Room 405 
Toms River NJ 08754 
Contact: Maysa Hayward, Director

Portland State University, Middle East Studies Center 
PO Box 751 
Portland OR 97207-1851 
Contact: Birol Yesilada, Director 
503-725-4074 • fax 503-725-5320 

Princeton University, Program in Near Eastern Studies
110 Jones Hall
Princeton NJ 08544-1008
Contact: Bernard Haykel
(609) 258-9572

Simon Fraser University
7200-515 West Hastings Street 
Vancouver BC V6B 5K3 Canada 
Contact: Tamir Moustafa 

Stanford University, Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies 
Encina Hall West Rm 216 
Stanford CA 94305-6045 
Contact:Zack Al-Witri, Associate Director 
650-736-8122 • fax 650-723-3010

Syracuse University, Middle Eastern Studies Program 
332 Eggers Hall 
Syracuse NY 13244-1090 
Contact: Yuksel Sezgin, Director 
315-443-5877 • fax 315-443-9082

The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII)
PO Box 37012, MRC 178
Washington DC 20013
Contact: Amanda Long, Executive Director

University of Arizona, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 
845 N Park Ave, Room 470 
Tucson AZ 85721 
Contact: Anne H. Betteridge, Director 
520-621-5450 • fax 520-621-9257

University of Arkansas, King Fahd Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies 
202 Old Main 
Fayetteville AR 72701 
Contact: Ted Swedenberg, Director 
479-575-4157 • fax 479-575-3629

University of California, Berkeley, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 
340 Stephens Hall #2314 
Berkeley CA 94720 
Contact: Emily Gottreich, Chair 
510-642-8208 • fax 510-643-3001

University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Near Eastern Studies
10286 Bunche Hall, PO Box 951480
Los Angeles CA 90095-1480
Contact: Ali Behdad, Director

University of California, Santa Barbara, Center for Middle East Studies 
Humanities & Social Sciences Building 3073 
Santa Barbara CA 93106-3130 
Contact: Adam Sabra, Director 
805-893-4245 • fax 805-893-7671

University of Chicago, Center for Middle Eastern Studies 
5828 S. University Avenue 
Chicago IL 60637 
Contact: Orit Bashkin, Director 
773-702-8297 • fax 773-702-2587

University of Exeter, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies 
Stocker Road 
Exeter EX4 4ND United Kingdom 
Contact: Mark Valeri, Administrator
Nikki Clews, Institute Manager 
+44-1392-264036 • fax +44-1392-264035

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies 
221 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street 
Champaign IL 61820 
217-244-7331 • fax 217-265-6399 
Contacts: Hadi Esfahani, Director 
Angela S. Williams, Associate Director

University of Michigan, Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies 
1080 South University Suite 3603 
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1106 
Contact: Ryan Szpiech
734-764-0350 • fax 734-764-8523

University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Center 
228 Fisher-Benett Hall #228, 3340 Walnut St 
Philadelphia PA 19104-6203 
Contact: John Ghazvinian, Associate Director 
215-898-6355 • fax 215-573-2003

University of Southern California, Department of Middle East Studies 
USC Dornsife 
Taper Hall 256 
3501 Trousdale Parkway 
Los Angeles CA 90089-4355 
Contacts: Ramzi Rouighi, Chair 
Renee Almassizadeh, Program Specialist 
213-740-2795 • fax 213-740-9354

University of Toronto, Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations 
4 Bancroft Avenue 
Toronto ON M5S 1C1 Canada 
Contact: Timothy P. Harrison, Chair 
416-978-6600 • fax 416-978-3305

University of Washington, Middle East Center 
225 Thomson Hall, Box 353650 
Seattle WA 98195 
Contacts: Arzoo Osanloo, Director 
Felicia Hecker, Associate Director 
206-543-4227 • fax 206-685-0668

Vanderbilt University
Religious Studies Department 
Box 351585, 2301 Vanderbilt Pl 
Nashville TN 37235-1585 
Contact: Richard McGregor 

Yale University, Council on Middle East Studies 
PO Box 208206, 34 Hillhouse Ave Rkz 346 
New Haven CT 06520 
Contact: Marcia Inhorn, Chair 
203-436-2553 • fax 203-432-6875

Becoming an Institutional Member

Institutional membership is on a calendar year basis (January 1-December 31). The cost to an institution is $1100 per year. The benefits of membership include 

  • two complimentary registrations (up to $700 value) to the MESA Annual Meeting
  • waived meeting-in-conjunction fee ($300 value) for institutions wishing to hold an event at the annual meeting
  • listing on MESA’s website
  • listing in the MESA newsletter, Issues in Middle East Studies
  • listing in the print annual meeting program and in the annual meeting mobile app
  • one print subscription to the International Journal of Middle East Studies ($734 value)
  • one print subscription to Issues in Middle East Studies (for members only)
  • MESA membership mailing list (labels provided upon request)
  • new! two free employment or summer language program postings on MESA’s website ($190 value)
  • new! 20% discount on advertising in Issues in Middle East Studies 

Applications for institutional membership in MESA are reviewed for possible approval by MESA’s Board of Directors. To initiate the process, send a letter of intent to stating the organization’s interest in Middle East studies along with supporting materials that describe your organization and its goals. The supporting materials should include information about your organization’s funding, programs, and projects.

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