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Middle East and North Africa Studies

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies major is an interdisciplinary program of study that offers students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the complex and dynamic historical, cultural, political, economic, linguistic, and religious issues in the region as well as their inherent interconnections. Courses draw on the expertise of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and departments, including anthropology, history, literature (Arabic and French), music, politics, and religious studies. Courses should be chosen carefully, in close consultation with the student’s academic adviser and with regard to the resources of the Claremont Colleges. MENA Studies provides preparation for students considering careers in public policy, politics, education, social work, law, business, diplomacy, journalism, and scholarly research. The MENA Studies curriculum includes courses from all five Claremont Colleges.

Faculty List

Middle East and North Africa Studies

Aisenberg, Andrew

Professor of History
History
Phone: (909) 607-3198

Decker, Michelle

Associate Professor of English
English
Phone: (909) 607-8137

Deeb, Lara

Professor of Anthropology; Chair of Anthropology
Anthropology, Middle East and North Africa Studies
Phone: (909) 607-3547

Jáquez, Cándida

Associate Professor of Music
Music
Phone: (909) 607-0882

Pahwa, Sumita

Associate Professor of Politics; Chair, Department of Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA); Chair, Department of Politics
Politics
Phone: (909) 607-3154

Tazzara, Corey

Associate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History
History
Phone: (909) 607-9015