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About Us


Four core units constitute the interdisciplinary cluster on the Mediterranean: the Department of Classical Studies,  the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of History of Art, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Faculty participate in collaborative research and teaching projects, including a monthly research seminar.

The cluster is governed by a Steering Committee. Members of the Steering Committee for 2015-2016 are:

  • Michele Hannoosh, RLL, Chair

  • Sarah Ahbel-Rappe, Classical Studies

  • Megan Holmes, History of Art

  • Ryan Szpiech, RLL

  • Ruth Tsoffar, Frankel Center

Core faculty of the cluster are:

Natalie Abell, Classical Studies

Paroma Chatterjee, History of Art

Aileen Das, Classical Studies

Mayte Green-Mercado, RLL

Devi Mays, Frankel Center


Research Collaboration

Members of the cluster and members of the steering committee take part in a monthly research seminar in which they share their work in progress and discuss the emerging work in their individual areas. At the end of the academic year, they may hold a public conference or symposium devoted to a particular problem in Mediterranean relations (religion, trade, migration, etc.), and to which prominent figures from outside the University may be invited. We also work closely with the Rackham graduate student/faculty workshop, "Mediterranean Topographies" (see Graduate page).

Other opportunities for research collaboration are actively supported.



The cluster has a strong presence in the undergraduate curriculum. A team taught introductory course on cross-disciplinary approaches to the Mediterranean is offered in the winter semester.

For more information please see the Undergraduate page

We encourage crosslinguistic and collaborative teaching, including "languages across the curriculum" and bilingual team-teaching.

Faculty teach relevant courses on the Mediterranean in their home departments.