What can I do with Middle East Studies major?

From Washington, D.C., to Jordan and Lebanon, Katie Kiraly '11 dedicates herself to study of the Middle East

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Katie Kiraly '11

Katie Kiraly '11 describes herself as "a little nutty for grammar and language," and so she began taking Spanish and French in high school, dabbling in some Japanese and Welsh in her free time.  She also got interested in Middle Eastern studies and Arabic during this period and became fascinated with studying various religions.  So, she says, "Going into college, I figured I should combine my two main interests by studying Islam and Arabic, and it turned out to be a perfect marriage."

That perfect marriage has led her to a research assistant position with the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a foreign-policy think tank in Washington, D.C., where she works closely with a number of senior scholars ("fellows"), and providing them research support in English and Arabic.

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Fulbright Fellowship Awarded to Anum Khan '11

Anum Khan '11, a Middle East studies major, was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant for Egypt where she will study how nongovernmental women's rights organizations operate in Cairo and how they collaborate with law enforcement in dealing with sexual violence. Anum is in the second year of her master's in gender and women's studies in the Middle East/North Africa at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

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The Middle East Institute has compiled lists pertaining to Middle East-related jobs in Washington, D.C. and another for careers in the region.


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Guide to Middle East Organizations in the Nation's Capital 

This indispensible resource contains entries on more than 100 think tanks and academic and policy organizations focused on or with substantial operations related to Middle East policy.


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Guide to Organizations Operating in the Middle East

The Guide to Organizations Operating in the Middle East is intended as a general guide to those NGOs with operations in the Middle East focused on development and education. Organizations with an ongoing need for volunteers, interns, fellows, and employees are also contained within this guide, as well as listings for specific opportunities.