Heather Hughes

Middle East Librarian

Heather manages Penn’s Middle Eastern Studies Collections, providing research and teaching support for Middle Eastern studies, and continuing the development of our distinctive collections in these areas.


Heather came to Penn from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was the Librarian for Middle East Studies & Comparative Literature & Global Studies. Previously, she served as an archivist at the Hoover Institution and a library specialist at the University of Texas, and has extensive experience with research collections, archives, and special collections in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. She has also lived and worked in Turkey. She is engaged with digital scholarship as an editor-in-chief of hazine. 


She holds a BA in French from Smith College, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington, and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin