A Dynamic + Interdisciplinary Center
As a Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center, DUMESC promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East on campus and beyond. We do this through teaching, research, language training, study abroad, K-12 education, and by raising public awareness of the region's diversity and its connection to broader global contexts.
DUMESC is a hub for research, policy, education, and outreach about the Middle East. We support in-depth Middle Eastern language training and a variety of interdisciplinary courses on the region's geopolitics, culture, and society.
On Duke's campus, housed inside the John Hope Franklin Center, DUMESC creates an intellectual community by supporting curricular programs such as study abroad, DukeEngage, Middle East related majors and minors, and the graduate certificate in Middle East Studies. It also offers a wide array of programming from guest speakers to conferences and film festivals.
With its renowned faculty expertise in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences, DUMESC emphasizes the importance of the Middle East to global education, engaging in a variety of topics from literature to policy. As part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, DUMESC reaches a wide community of scholars seeking to understand the Middle East.
The Duke Middle East Studies Center offers funding and support for students and faculty pursuing Middle East studies, including Middle Eastern languages, religions, histories and cultures. Awards through DUMESC typically support field research, language training, and conference travel.