Charles Schmitz

Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts,
Room 2210 G


Ph.D., Geography,
University of California at Berkeley,
Spring 1997,
"State and Market in Southern Yemen"

M.A., Geography,
University of California at Berkeley,
"Social Impact of Mechanization in Egyptian Agriculture"

B.S., Conservation and Resource Studies,
University of California at Berkeley,

Areas of Expertise

The Middle East
International governance


  • Fulbright Scholar, 1990s
  • American Institute for Yemeni Studies Fellow, 1990s


  • Political economy of development in Yemen
  • Failing states
  • Sociology of contemporary Yemeni society
  • Geography of the Middle East
  • Economic geography
  • Human geography
  • Geographic thought
  • Globalization and the disciplines

Selected Publications

“Yemen’s National Dialogue,” MEI Policy Paper 2014-1, February 2014

“Obama, Guantanamo, and the Devil in the Details,” Middle East Institute, June 25, 2013.

“Crisis in the Yemeni Economy: a Troubled Transition to Post-Hydrocarbon Growth,” Middle East Institute, Scholarly Policy Paper, Dec 2011.

Professional Service