Stacy Fahrenthold is a historian of the Middle East, with research specializations on modern Syria and Lebanon, migration, displacement, and the First World War in the Ottoman Empire. She is the author of Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora (Oxford University Press 2019), which was awarded the 2020 Evelyn Shakir Nonfiction Award by the Arab American National Museum, the 2019 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies, and 2019 Syrian Studies Association Book Award. She also publishes on transnational politics in the Middle East and its borderlands, and Arabic-speaking migrants in the Americas.

Fahrenthold is Associate Professor of migration history at the University of California, Davis, and is also co-editor of Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2014.

Other Publications


Stacy D Fahrenthold, Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian Diaspora, 1908-1925 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). A social history of transnational political activism in the Syrian and Lebanese diaspora from the Young Turk Revolution through the early French Mandates.

Public Humanities Writing

Teaching Arab American History through Digital Collections: Agenda for a Plague Year,” Immigration and Ethnic History Society Newsletter, December 2020.

Essential Readings: Emigration from the Levant, 1870-1930. A Primer in Mahjar Studies,” Jadaliyya/ Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative, April 30, 2019.

A Little Advice: Syrian American Advice Booklets as Knowledge Production,” Migrant Knowledge blog for the GHI-West, March 27, 2019.

What we can learn from America’s Other Muslim Ban (back in 1918),” Tropics of Meta: Historiography for the Masses, 8 February 2017.

Contributor to Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals, and Belligerents during the First World WarSourcebook, King’s College London/Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), November 2016.

The Other Arab Revolt: on Syrian Mobilization at the Microlevel.” World War I in the Middle East and North Africa National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar web project, hosted by Georgetown University. Summer 2014.

Edited Collections

“The Syrian and Lebanese American Federation: a Case for Connection.” In Connections and Ruptures: America and the Middle East, edited by Robert Myers, 273-288. Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, 2011.

“Mother Syria and Syrian Motherhood: Imagining Mahjar Nationality between Ideal and Real.” Zaytoon Graduate Student Journal 1 (Spring 2009), 5-16.


Book project: “Working Class Cosmopolitans,” on the development of working-class identity among Syrian textile workers focused on mills in New England and Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Middle East Studies Association; American Historical Association; Lebanese Studies Association; Syrian Studies Association; Arab American Studies Association.

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