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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. She is affiliated with the Middle East / South Asia Studies Program, the Global Migration Center, and the Human Rights Studies Program. She is also an associate editor of Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Migration Studies.

Research Focus

Stacy Fahrenthold's research into Arab migration emphasizes the diaspora’s impact on modern Syrian and Lebanese politics in the twentieth century. Her first book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora, 1908-1925, was published with Oxford University Press in 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. The book was awarded a 2020 Arab American Book Award (Evelyn Shakir Award for Non-fiction), the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies, and the 2019 Syrian Studies Association Book Award.

Fahrenthold is currently at work on a new project on Syrian textile workers in the Americas. Her larger research foci include migration, displacement, and diaspora in the Middle East; Syria, Lebanon, and the Ottoman eastern Mediterranean; working-class and labor histories; ethnic and religious minorities; and World War I.

Selected Publications


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

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Fahrenthold, Stacy D. (2022). “Return Migration and Repatriation: Myths and Realities in the Interwar Syrian Mahjar.” In Dalia Abdelhady and Ramy Aly, eds., Routledge Handbook on Middle Eastern Diasporas (Routledge), 303-315.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy D. (2021). "Ladies Aid as Labor History: Working Class Formation in the Mahjar." Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 17.3, 326-347.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy D. (2020).“‘Claimed by Turkey as Subjects’: Ottoman Migrants, Foreign Passports, and Syrian Nationality in the Americas, 1915-1925.” In Lâle Can and Michael Christopher Low, eds., The Subjects of Ottoman International Law (University of Indiana Press), 216-237.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy D. (2019). “Arab Labor Migration in the Americas, 1880–1930.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy D. (2018). “An Archaeology of Rare Books in Arab Atlantic History.” Journal of American Ethnic History 37.3, 77-83.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy D. (2016). “Former Ottomans in the Ranks: Pro-Entente Military Recruitment Among Syrians in the Americas, 1916–1918.” Journal of Global History 11.1, 88-112.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy. (2014). “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 46.2, 259-283.
  • Fahrenthold, Stacy. (2013). “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 1.1, 32-57.


Undergraduate: Introduction to Global Migration (HIS 019); Twentieth Century Partitions (HIS 114); History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (193a); History of the Modern Middle East, 1914-present (HIS 193b); Forced Migration in the Middle East and South Asia (MSA 180); Migration Bans and Border Walls (102x).

Graduate: Global Migration History (HIS 201w); Diaspora in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Histories (HIS 201w); Second-Year Research Seminar (203)



  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2021-2022
  • UC Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship, 2021
  • Arab American Book Award, Evelyn Shakir Award for Non-Fiction, 2019
  • Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies, 2019
  • Syrian Studies Association Book Prize, 2019
  • Syrian Studies Association Dissertation Prize, 2016
  • American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014