As part of Brandeis University's ongoing commitment to the study of the Middle East, it has founded two research centers related to Israel and the Middle East. Even though they are not directly affiliated with the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program, they enrich it and its students by teaching courses, sponsoring events and inviting expert scholars.
The Crown Center for Middle East Studies
The Crown Center for Middle East Studies, directed by Professor Shai Feldman and established thanks to the generosity of the Crown Family Foundation, is dedicated to the objective research of the Middle East. The center's geographic parameters of study are the 22 members of the Arab league as well as Turkey, Iran and Israel. Its research includes, but is not limited to, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arab politics, Islamic studies, economic and social developments, regional security and arms control. Although the Crown Center's main focus is research, its activities include graduate and undergraduate courses, conferences, seminars and workshops. It also publishes basic research in the form of books and monographs in "real time." In short, the Crown Center is a rich resource for the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Program and its students.
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, founded in 2007, is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture and society at Brandeis University and beyond. The center is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the modern State of Israel by training a new generation of scholars and teachers, building a vibrant academic community and supporting research, publications and conferences. It seeks to make Brandeis a hub for nurturing and catalyzing Israel studies.