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North African Studies

North African Studies are now firmly implanted at UC Davis. Our undergraduates are studying the history, politics, economy and literatures of this region across the curriculum. Students are seeing films produced in North Africa, learning about its music, and even studying its distinctive cuisine. At the graduate level, recent years have seen dissertations on nationalist movements, Francophone authors, feminist studies, and the political consequences of the 2011 Arab Spring. UCD students are also visiting the region and winning graduate study grants to carry out research there.  While the rest of the Arab world has become increasingly untenable as a place to conduct research, the North African states (excluding Libya for the moment) continue to offer rich possibilities for on-site research that cannot be found elsewhere in the MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) region. 

At UC Davis we also have a vibrant exchange program for scholars from the region via the Humphrey Fellowship Program run by Global Affairs. The program has brought a coterie of professionals from  North Africa, and especially from Morocco, to our campus. Humphrey scholars focus mainly on the fields of  economics,  agriculture, and environmental science, but they are open to having discussions in other topics as well. They have proven to be good ambassadors for North African studies on campus. 

Students interested in any branch of study connected with the countries of the Maghrib, whether it be in the arts, literature, the social sciences or STEM fields, are encouraged to contact Susan Miller, Professor of History. We have many contacts throughout the region and are glad to share information.

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