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


Israel's Judiciary under Threat

Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
306 Royce Hall


Film Screening: Queens of Syria

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Northwest Campus Auditorium

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Center News


Kerr Family endows UCLA scholarship fund for Middle Eastern students

The Kerr Family Endowment will underwrite the tuition of students from the Middle East to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in the humanities and/or social sciences at UCLA.


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In The Media


Are Islamic State recruits simply gang members?

Aug. 29, 2017. UCLA historian James Gelvin writes in The Conversation: "Could it be that IS volunteers are drawn to a value system that asserts an aggressive machismo, disparages steady work, and sustains the impulse for immediate gratification?"


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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 panel with Hosam Aboul-Ela (University of Houston), Elliott Colla (Georgetown University), and Nadia Yaqub (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

A book talk with Sami Hermez (Northwestern University, Qatar)

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