Middle East Studies explores the region’s cultural, religious, political and socioeconomic dynamics.
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Many Americans have skewed perceptions of the Middle East. This experience helps students build an informed understanding of this critical region.
You’ll not only develop your own opinions, but you’ll test them against the research of others. You’ll develop critical thinking, plus analytical and research skills that will serve you well throughout your life, no matter what your career.
This region is a wonderfully diverse mosaic of peoples and cultures: Arabs, Armenians, Berbers, Israelis, Kurds, Nubians, Persians and Turks, among others. We help you understand them through interdisciplinary classes in social sciences, arts, humanities and language classes in Arabic or Hebrew.
You will also have many chances to travel. Drew International Seminar offerings have included programs in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Yemen.
I’m especially intrigued by how terrorist organizations fund themselves, as well as the emergence and the evolution of post-9/11 global counterterrorism strategies. I also study the legal and political ramifications of humanitarian interventions and post-war peace-building efforts.
Ph.D., London School of Economics
Professor & Director of Middle East Studies
My research interests include gender and labor markets/poverty in the Middle East, time-use issues and the impact of religion on economic institutions.
Ph.D., University of California–Davis
Mysticism within the larger context of Islamic spirituality in “The Sufi Path”