Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

Upcoming Events


Jerusalem, on the Moving Edge of Israeli Colonial Rule

Monday, February 27, 2017
12:15 PM
6275 Bunche Hall


The Circle of Injustice: Paradoxes of the Turkish Republic

Thursday, March 02, 2017
3:00 PM
Room 1327


The Age of the Gharib: Strangers and Estrangement in the Pre-modern Mediterranean

Thursday, March 02, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
220 Haines Hall

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Center News


Help a Scholar at Risk Come to UCLA

University professors and scholars in the Middle East face repression and risk as a consequence of war or government intervention.


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In The Media


Common ground for Iranian American Jews & Muslims

Feb. 3, 2017. UCLA sociologist Kevan Harris, who teaches in the IDS Program, is quoted extensively by LA Weekly. "As Trump is perceived [as] adding more and more U.S.-based communities to his growing 'enemies list,'" Harris says, "the solidarity among affected groups could increase as people see themselves connected in opposition to U.S. administration policies."


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Alumni News


Alumna Beth Baron elected president of MESA.

UCLA alumna Beth Baron has been selected 2015-17 president of the Middle East Studies Association. Beth teaches history at The Graduate Center,City University of New York, where she directs the M.A. program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. From 2009 through 2014 she was editor of the International Journal of Middle East History.


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Recent Podcasts

A lecture by Marc Lynch (George Washington University)

A book talk by Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA) with comments by Christine Philliou (UC Berkeley) and Roger Waldinger (UCLA)

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