UCF Global Perspectives


Middle Eastern Studies Program

Middle Eastern Studies Program

The Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of Central Florida is jointly housed by the Global Perspectives Office and the College of Arts and Humanities. It is overseen by three co-chairs, John C. Bersia, Global Perspectives Office, Janan Smither, Department of Psychology and Hakan Özoglu, Department of History. They also coordinate an advisory board that helps provide direction. The program includes a Middle Eastern Studies Minor directed by Hakan Özoglu, and co-curricular activities that are organized primarily by the Global Perspectives Office, the Global Connections Foundation and other partners.

Program Co-Chairs

Janan Smither, Department of Psychology
PH 309G, 407-823-5859

Hakan Özoglu, Department of History (co-chair and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Minor)
CNH 554, 407-407-823-0512

Program Advisory Board

  • Brigadier General Ernest C. Audino, US Army (Ret)
  • David Dumke, Director, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies, UCF
  • Amb. Harriet Elam-Thomas, Director, The Diplomacy Program, UCF
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jay Garner, former Director of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Post-War Iraq
  • Roger Handberg, Department of Political Science, UCF
  • Amb. Ulric Haynes, Jr., Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Global Perspectives Office, UCF
  • Hakan Özoglu, Department of History, UCF (co-chair and director of the Middle Eastern Studies Minor)
  • Ted Reynolds, Department of Political Science, UCF
  • Janan Smither, Department of Psychology, UCF (co-chair)
  • Güneş Murat Tezcür, Jalal Talabani Chair of Kurdish Political Studies & Associate Professor, UCF
  • Sanam Vakil, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Studies Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., and Adjunct Professor, SAIS, Bologna, Italy

Middle Eastern Studies Minor

Click here to view the requirements for the Middle Eastern Studies minor at UCF.

Related Events

Click here for a list of recent and past events supported by the Middle Eastern Studies Program at UCF.