Current Projects


Between the Ottomans and the Entente: the First World War in the Syrian Diaspora, 1908-1922. A social history of transnational political activism in the Syrian and Lebanese diaspora from the Young Turk Revolution through the early French Mandates. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Articles in Preparation

“The Factory and the Cafe,” on women factory workers and gender anxieties in the interwar Syrian mahjar.

“Labor in the Arab Atlantic,” on Middle Eastern labor migration and migrant workers in global perspective. Forthcoming with the Oxford Reference Encyclopedia (ORE) of American History.

Emerging Research

  • Syrian labor migration, esp. weaving, textiles, and trade unionism
  • Data mining: Arab detainees at the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Public History: documenting California’s Assyrian American communities: a century of refugee history. (project funded by the Sarguis Program in Modern Assyrian Heritage).