Samer Shehata, Ph.D.
Acting Director of Center for Middle East Studies
August 2017-July 2018
The Colin Mackey and Patricia Molina de Mackey Associate Professor in Middle East Studies & Middle East Studies Program Coordinator
The mission of the Center for Middle East Studies is to enrich Middle East programming at the University of Oklahoma.
The Center for Middle East Studies brings distinguished speakers to the University each semester, sponsors informal Brown Bag Lunches, and supports Middle East events on campus. In the past years, CMES has brought Reza Aslan, Stephanie Saldana, Adeed Dawisha, Mona Eltahawy, Eugene Rogan, Graham Fuller, Hooman Majd, Juan Cole, among others, to speak at OU.
The Farzaneh family generously endowed a lecture series on Iran and a professorship in Iranian studies. The Department of International and Area Studies welcomed Dr. Afshin Marashi to fill this new position. Dr. Marashi has established the Iranian Studies Program at OU and currently teachs Iranian Studies courses such as Modern Iran: 1500-Present.
To find out about the latest events sponsored by CMES, please go to our Facebook site: "Middle East at OU," here.