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


Salam Neighbor - Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 PM
Carnesale Commons


Information Session: Middle East Studies Graduate Fellowship

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
2:00 PM
10286 Bunche Hall

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Center News


UCLA symposium: Academic Freedom at Risk, Jan. 27, 2017

Scholars from the US and Canada will meet at UCLA to discuss a disturbing trend emerging in the Middle East that treats academic research and knowledge production as government security threats.


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In The Media

Hovannisian books published in Turkish

Two of Richard G. Hovannisian's edited volumes, Armenian Van and Armenian Bitlis and Mush, were recently published in Turkish by Aras Publishers in Istanbul. Both volumes are from the UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.” A renowned historian of modern Armenia, Hovannisian is Emeritus Professor of History at UCLA and the first holder of the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History.


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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 Behrooz Tabrizi (University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign)

A lecture by Jeffrey James Byrne (University of British Columbia)

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