Middle Eastern Studies

Syracuse University’s relationship with the Middle East extends back more than 60 years and spans many disciplines—from public administration and media studies to literature and religion. Today, SU provides an array of opportunities for students to learn about and visit this extraordinary region. More than 20 faculty members are experts in the Middle East, while the University offers over 80 such graduate and undergraduate courses. 

Located in the Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP) offers both an interdisciplinary minor and a bachelor of arts degree through The College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a graduate certificate of advanced studies through the Maxwell School. All three programs are steeped in world-class instruction and study-abroad opportunities, providing unique insights into one of today’s fastest growing regions.

Program Director
YĆ¼ksel Sezgin
Director of Middle Eastern Studies (On leave - AY 2017-2018)
100 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-4431
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Carol BabirackiAssociate Professor,
Art and Music Histories
315.443.1716cmbabira@syr.edu308 K Bowne Hall
Hossein BashiriyehLecturer, Political Science315-443-3917hbashiri@maxwell.syr.edu535 Eggers Hall
Mehrzad BoroujerdiProfessor of Political Science315-443-5877 mboroujerdi@maxwell.syr.edu100 Eggers Hall
Zachary J. BraitermanProfessor,
315.443.5961zbraiter@syr.edu509 Hall of Languages
Erella Brown Associate Professor of Hebrew 315-443-4720erellabs@gmail.com301A HB Crouse Hall
Miriam F. ElmanAssociate Professor of Political Science315-443-7404melman@maxwell.syr.edu400G Eggers Hall
Carol Fadda-ConreyAssociate Professor,
315.443.2173cfaddaco@syr.edu411 Hall of Languages
Ken FriedenProfessor,
315.443.1894kfrieden@syr.edu310 Tolley Humanities Building
Rania HabibAssociate Professor,
Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
315.443.5490rhabib@syr.edu325 HB Crouse Hall
Timur HammondAssistant Professor, Geographytwhammon@maxwell.syr.edu
Susan R. Henderson Associate Professor of Architectural History srhender@syr.edu
Violette Humsi Instructor of Arabic315-443-2309faitbeau@yahoo.com316C HB Crouse Hall
Amy KallanderAssociate Professor, Historyakalland@maxwell.syr.edu
Tazim R. KassamAssociate Professor,
315.443.3861tkassam@syr.edu501 Hall of Languages
Osamah KhalilAssociate Professor of History - Interim Director, Middle Eastern Studies, 2017-2018ofkhalil@maxwell.syr.edu
Amos KieweProfessor of Communications and Rhetorical Studiesakiewe@syr.edu
Natalie KochAssociate Professor, Geographynkoch@maxwell.syr.edu
Jaklin KornfiltProfessor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistic Studies Program as well as Director of Computational Linguistics Program as well as Turkish Language Coordinator,
Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
315.443.5375kornfilt@syr.edu305 HB Crouse Hall
Sandy LaneProfessor and Chair, Health and Wellnesssdlane@syr.edu
Ahmed Abdel MeguidAssistant Professor,
315.443.2241aelsayed@syr.edu512 Hall of Languages
Dana M. OlwanAssistant Professor,
Women's and Gender Studies
315.443.3707dmolwan@syr.edu311 Sims Hall
Eva PhillipsInstructor of Arabic ,
Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Instructors
315-443-2247evphilli@syr.edu216 HB Crouse Hall
Kara RichardsonUndergraduate Director and Associate Professor,
315.443.5817kricha03@syr.edu537 Hall of Languages
Sam SalemYabroudi Chair of Sustainable and Civil Infrastructures Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineeringomsalem@syr.edu
Robert RubinsteinProfessor of Anthropology and International Relationsrar@syr.edu
Nazanin ShahrokniAssistant Professor of Sociologynshahrokni@gmail.comSociology Department Main Office
James W. WattsProfessor,
315.443.5713jwwatts@syr.edu501 Hall of Languages
Corri ZoliDirector of Research and Assistant Reseach Professor at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)ebzoli@syr.edu

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Middle Eastern Studies

Offerings: minor | BA | CAS

Middle Eastern Studies
346 Eggers Hall
Phone: 315-443-5877
Fax: 315-443-9082
Email: mes@maxwell.syr.edu 

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Bachelor of Arts BA
Bachelor of Science BS
Master of Arts MA
Master of Science MS
Education/Teacher Prep MS
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
Minor m
Certificate C