UW Graduate School

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

The Near and Middle Eastern Studies Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program is designed for students with a master’s degree who wish to pursue research with a comparative perspective in the following fields: Near Eastern languages and literature (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian [or Dari or Tajik]); Turkish and Central Asian Turkic languages; Near Eastern linguistics; Islamic topics, namely Islamic law, history, institutions, theology and mysticism; comparative religion (Judaism, Christianity and Islam); or interdisciplinary investigations of modern topics using the social sciences.

Program website

Degree(s) offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Near and Middle Eastern Studies)

Program director/interdisciplinary group chair

  • Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies

Primary Staff Contact

  • Jean Rogers, Program Operations Specialist, Graduate School

Interdisciplinary Faculty Group Membership

The following are the core/voting Graduate Faculty members of the interdisciplinary group. For a complete list of faculty active in the program, see the program website.

  • Mika Ahuvia, Assistant Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Samad Alavi, Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Walter Andrews, Research Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Jere Bacharach, Professor Emeritus, Department of History
  • Arbella Bet-Shlimon, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Elena Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Daniel Chirot, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies & Department of Sociology
  • Ilse Cirtautas, Professor Emeritus, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Karam Dana, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
  • Terri DeYoung, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Purnima Dhavan, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Hussein Elkhafaifi, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Kathie Friedman, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Martin Jaffee, Professor Emeritus, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Resat Kasaba, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Selim S. Kuru, Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Clark B. Lombardi, Associate Professor, School of Law
  • James Long, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Brian McLaren, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
  • Victor Menaldo, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Joel Migdal, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Devin E. Naar, Associate Professor, Department of History & Jackson School of International Studies
  • Scott Noegel, Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Michael Vincente Perez, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
  • Noam Pianko, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Haideh Salehi-Esfahani, Principal Lecturer, Department of Economics
  • Naomi Sokoloff, Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • Joel Walker, Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Michael Williams, Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
  • Hamza Zafer, Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization