CMES Distinguished Visitors

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The CMES Distinguished Visitor Program supports a one- to two-week residency for a visitor whose work engages the Middle East North Africa region via any discipline or historical period. The Distinguished Visitor must have a record of excellence and recognition in any field, including and not limited to research areas within the academy, creative fields (such as art and literature), social entrepreneurship, and diplomacy.

Marcia Inhorn
William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University
Robert Morrison
Religion Department, Bowdoin College
Ella Shohat
Department of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, New York University

Nominations for CMES Distinguished Visitor Program

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies accepts nominations for the Distinguished Visitor appointment from UC Berkeley faculty only. Proposals must include a brief summary of the candidate’s contributions, value to Berkeley’s faculty and students, potential for interdisciplinary engagements on campus, and the ability to address broad and pressing issues that have public visibility. Please ascertain the nominee’s availability before nominating him/her. Please also include a copy of nominee’s C.V. and specific courses, working groups, workshops, symposia etc. in which he/she could fruitfully participate at UCB.

The deadline for nominations for the Spring 2020 Distinguished Visitor is June 1, 2019. Nominations may be submitted directly to CMES Chair Emily Gottreich.


At a minimum, Distinguished Visitors are expected to:

  • Deliver a public lecture at the CMES
  • Offer a masterclass for graduate students
  • Attend relevant graduate seminars and/or working groups
  • Hold office hours at the CMES


Distinguished Visitors will hold a one- to two- week residency at UC Berkeley.

Financial Support:

The CMES will cover the cost of travel, lodging, event-related meals, and will offer the visitor a modest honorarium.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314



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