Middle East Studies

Michelle J. Chen

MES Class of 2023

Michelle J. Chen is a graduating senior from Boston, double concentrating in Middle East Studies and Biology. She tutored for Brown’s Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment program and is involved in art spaces at Brown, such as ColorWheel and Create@Brown. Her studies in MES are focused on the Arabic language and culture and religion in the Arab world. After graduation, she will be working as a scientific researcher in the biology field. Her long-term goal is to create spaces for underrepresented and marginalized groups in the STEM field. 

Capstone project: “Modern Sufism and its Adaptation to Capitalism
Commodification: A Study of 19th and 20th-Century Senegalese Sufi Orders”