Center for the Middle East and North Africa (CMENA)


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About the Center

The Center for the Middle East and North Africa at the University of California, Santa Cruz is devoted to educating our communities about the histories, politics, and cultures of the peoples who live in North Africa and the Middle East. The center is a unique resource for the communities of California’s central coast and those who study and work at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It sponsors events that bring students, faculty, staff, and the broader community of the central coast into conversation with scholars, activists, journalists, cultural producers, and those involved in the politics of the region. The faculty affiliated with the center research and publish on a remarkable range of topics that include politics, economics, law, the environment, art and film, literature, linguistics, archeology, the digital humanities, and the history of science. The center also possesses a particular strength in the study of the regions that comprise North Africa.


Jennifer Derr (History)

Affiliated Faculty

Banu Bargu (History of Consciousness)
Abdelkader Berrahmoun (Languages and Applied Linguistics)
Edmund Burke (Emeritus, History)
Yasmeen Daifallah (Politics)
Muriam Davis (History)
Martin Devecka (Literature)
Bryan Donaldson (Languages and Applied Linguistics)
Mehran Esfandiari (Languages and Applied Linguistics)
Camilo Gomez-Rivas (Literature)
Alma Heckman (History, Jewish Studies)
Jennifer Kelly (Critical Race and Ethnic Studies)
Sharon Kinoshita (Literature)
Peter Limbrick (Film and Digital Media)
Nidhi Mahajan (Anthropology)
Mark Massoud (Politics)
Thomas Serres (Politics)
Elaine Sullivan (History)


March 4, 2020: Traction: Art Talk with Walid Raad

February 24-25, 2020: Mania Akbari: A Moon For My Father

February 4, 2020: Questions That Matter – Reporting the Middle East

Photo by OMAR-MALO