A historian of the modern Middle East specializing in labor migration; displacement/refugees; borderlands and diasporas within and from the region, Stacy Fahrenthold is Associate Professor of history at the University of California, Davis. Her award winning first book, Between the Ottomans and the Entente: The First World War in the Syrian and Lebanese Diaspora explores the war work of Arab emigres living in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, revealing the repercussions of their activism on the post-Ottoman Middle East.
Fahrenthold is now completing Unmentionables, a new book on Syrian textile workers in the Arab Atlantic world (under contract). Considering how Syrian, Lebanese, and Palestinian immigrants worked, struck, and won in the textile and garment industries before 1934, the work pursues histories of class formation, labor contestation, and capitalist domination across the Arab American mahjar. She is also co-PI (with Nicole Ranganath) of Refugee California, a 2023-24 UC Davis Humanities Institute Research Cluster devoted to narrating post-displacement histories of Middle Eastern and South Asian asylum seekers in the Golden State. She is Associate Editor of the leading open access journal Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Migration Studies, and a series editor of Refugees and Migrants within the Middle East with the American University of Cairo Press.