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The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program offices are located in Lemberg Hall, across from Usdan and between the Castle and Schwartz Hall. Get directions to campus.

For more information about the program contact:

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Program
The Crown Center
Brandeis University
415 South Street, MS 010
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453


Program Chair

Professor Nader Habibi
Office: Lemberg Hall 226

Program Coordinator

Suzanne Rothman
Office: Lemberg Hall 203

Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

AminaFahmyAmina Fahmy
Amina is a junior double majoring in IMES and IGS, and minoring in Politics and Italian Studies. She is an Egyptian American, and her heritage was what first sparked her interest in Middle Eastern studies. Within the discipline, she is most interested in the intersection between religion and culture, and the role this plays on today's incredibly volatile political situation. When she is not talking about Middle Eastern politics to anyone who will listen, she enjoys spending all of her points at Einstein’s and working with Amnesty International.

AdinaHeisteinAdina Heistein
Adina is a junior IMES and History double major with minors in NEJS and Legal Studies from Teaneck, New Jersey. Adina studies Arabic and has some knowledge of Hebrew. In between high school and college, Adina studied abroad in Israel, studying Judaic subjects while also volunteering in Jerusalem. If you have any questions about IMES, please feel free to reach out!

GabrielSandersGabriel Sanders
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Gabriel is a third year student at Brandeis University, pursuing a degree in Economics and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Among his roles on campus, Gabriel is a Research Assistant at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and the Vice President of the Greek Awareness Council. Additionally, he is a board member of Chabad at Brandeis and is on the Brandeis men's club basketball team and chess club. Growing up Jewish, Gabriel acquired a good feel of the varieties of practice in Judaism. He joined IMES to gain fluency in understanding the differing branches in Islam. Through his studies, he has chosen to focus on the areas of cooperation and economic interest between Israelis and Palestinians, within and among Arab nations, and in the larger world economy with consideration of how religious identities mold political, economic and social discourse and action.

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