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Stacy Fahrenthold


  • Ph.D. History, Northeastern University
  • M.A. History, Northeastern University
  • B.A. History, Georgia State University


Stacy Fahrenthold is a historian of the modern Middle East specializing in labor migration; displacement/refugees; border studies; and diasporas within and from the region. Her research into Arab migration emphasizes the diaspora’s impact on modern Syrian and Lebanese politics. Her first book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925, comes out with Oxford University Press in Spring 2019. It explores the war work of Arab activists in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, and reveals the repercussions of diasporic activism for nationality laws and repatriation regimes in the post-Ottoman Middle East. She is affiliated the Migration Research Cluster. Prior to arriving at UC Davis, she taught in the California State University system (Stanislaus and Fresno campuses).

Research Focus

Migration, displacement, and diaspora in the Middle East; Syria, Lebanon, and the Ottoman eastern Mediterranean; working class and labor histories; ethnic and religious minorities; World War I.

Selected Publications


Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925 (Oxford University Press, Spring 2019).


“Former Ottomans in the Ranks: pro-Entente Military Recruitment Among Syrians in the Americas, 1916–1918.” Journal of Global History 11, no. 1 (March 2016): 88-112.

“Sound Minds in Sound Bodies: Transnational Philanthropy and Patriotic Masculinity in al-Nadi al-Homsi and Syrian Brazil, 1920–1932.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 46, no. 2 (May 2014): 259-283.

“Transnational Modes and Media: the Syrian Press in the Mahjar and Emigrant Activism during World War I.” Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies 1, no. 1 (February 2013): 32-57.


Migration History; Modern Middle East; World History


Syrian Studies Association Dissertation Prize (2016)

American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013-14)