Middle Eastern & North African Studies

The Middle East and North African region is an area of the world not well understood by many Americans. The minor in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies offers a thorough survey of the cultures, politics, and religions of the region throughout history, with a strong focus on the contemporary period.

You’ll have the opportunity for firsthand exploration during both short-term and semester-long study abroad programs in Morocco, Jordan, and Israel. Through these immersive experiences, you’ll probe issues like the effects of human mobility on local communities and global politics; learn from discussions with asylum seekers and refugees; and examine the challenges of democratic transition and human rights.


Expert Faculty

Cornell Hall – Room 120
1000 Holt Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: T. 407.646.2183

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Contact Middle Eastern & North African Professors

  • Hilary Cooperman

    Hilary Cooperman, PhD

    Performance Theory & Practice

    Areas of focus: Performance as theory and practice, peacebuilding through theatre

  • Hannah Ewing

    Hannah Ewing, PhD

    Assistant Professor of History

    Research interests: Byzantine Empire, ancient and medieval Mediterranean, and the history of monastic reform

  • Todd French, PhD

    Todd French, PhD

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Research interests: Early Christianity, Byzantine hagiography, Syriac, Islam, mysticism, gender, poverty, and extremes in religion

  • Yudit Greenberg, PhD

    Yudit Greenberg, PhD

    George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Religion; Director of Jewish Studies Program

    Research interests: Modern and contemporary Jewish thought; cross-cultural concepts of love, eros, and the body; feminist philosophy and theology; and comparative religion

  • Rachel Newcomb portrait

    Rachel Newcomb, PhD

    Professor of Anthropology

    Research interests: Cultural and applied/public anthropology, Middle East and North Africa, gender, Islam, globalization, immigration, and food studies

  • Eren Tatari

    Eren Tatari, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Ethnic and religious minorities in the U.S. and Western Europe, Middle East politics, women in Islam, gender politics, and intersectionality