The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES, pronounced “see-sayms”) promotes research and scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East. CSAMES was designated a National Resource Center (Title VI) 2006-2010 by the U.S. Department of Education for the study and teaching of the Middle East, enabling the Center to further strengthen its commitment to an academic inquiry into a region that is home to some of the world’s oldest religions and civilizations.

 CSAMES works with more than a dozen departments and over 80 affiliated faculty members who bring to the Center their expertise and diverse areas of interest. These members actively participate in lectures, conferences and other events. Some of the disciplines that CSAMES faculty are associated with are contemporary and historical studies of South Asia and the Middle East, and inquiries into such topics as religious and social identities, cultural values, literary expression, urbanization, politics and gender. 


Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Director
Office: 220 ISB
Phone: 217.244.7331
Email: bghamari@illinois.edu
Angela Williams, Associate Director
Office: 222 ISB
Phone: 217.244.5939
Email: aswillms@illinois.edu
Linda Bauer, Office Support Associate
Office: 221 ISB
Phone: 217.244.7331
Email: labauer@illinois.edu