Message from the Director - Center for Contemporary Arab Studies | Georgetown University

Message from the Director

Welcome from the Director

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Dear Students, Colleagues, and Visitors:

CCAS is a proud part of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, the oldest school of international affairs in the United States. CCAS was founded over forty years ago to educate people about the diversity, histories, cultures, politics, and economies of the Arab world. We continue that mission today, through our Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) and certificate programs. Our dedicated faculty provide the academic learning, research, and language instruction necessary for our students to develop expertise on contemporary issues facing the Arab world and to keep pace with both the exciting and difficult changes in the region.

We advance teaching and research in the field of Arab Studies not only through our academic programs, publications, and events, but also by regularly hosting prominent scholars, visiting researchers, and post-doctoral fellows at the Center. As a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa, CCAS reaches beyond the Georgetown community to develop programming and tools for K-14 educators to help them convey a nuanced and realistic view of the Middle East in classrooms.

The President of Georgetown, John DeGioia, sent a welcome letter to students, staff, and faculty at the start of this academic year with the following message. “We are a community of diversity, of extraordinary talents, intent on addressing social and racial justice.  Here we can come together to confront our doubts and fears, our frustrations and anger.  Here we can challenge one another while seeking the best in one another.  And in doing so, we can find the very best within ourselves.”

In this spirit, I am honored to be the Director of CCAS and to lead our team in an exciting program of teaching, outreach, and events in 2017-2018.  Please return to us, in person or on the website, as we launch new initiatives to connect to new audiences in new ways and to build opportunities for alumni resources and engagement.

I look forward to seeing you at CCAS.


Image of Rochelle DavisSincerely,

Rochelle Davis,
Associate Professor of Anthropology
CCAS Director