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Middle East Working Group


The Middle East Working Group seeks to explore avenues of collaboration among the various units across Cornell that are engaged in programming on and in the Middle East. Goals for the working group include:

  1. Increasing the visibility of Middle Eastern Studies at Cornell, raising student awareness of the rich and diverse academic resources available to them, and establishing support for research and teaching in this area as a university-level priority; 
  2. Working to help ensure that expertise on the Middle East helps to undergird the university’s long-term institutional interests and commitments in the region; and
  3. Informing the wider academic and other interested publics about Cornell’s scholarly resources related to the Middle East. 


The Middle East Working Group is comprised of faculty from the Near Eastern Studies Department, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative.



Jonathan Aaron Boyarin (Jewish Studies Program), Mostafa Minawi (Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative), Lauren Monroe (Near Eastern studies), Eric Tagliacozzo (Comparative Muslim Societies Program), and Chantal Thomas (Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa).