Current Institutional Affiliation
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Award Information

Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Anthropology, University of California / Berkeley
Middle Eastern Christians and the War on Terror: Coptic Christians as Martyrs and Migrants

The United States has channeled efforts into “saving” Middle Eastern Christians, especially after the collapse of the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS. While Christian conservatives and US politicians have embraced Middle Eastern Christians as exemplary victims of Islamic terrorism, such communities are also targeted by post-9/11 security structures and everyday racism. This postdoctoral research project asks how Coptic Christians, one of the largest Middle Eastern Christian immigrant groups in the US, have contended with War on Terror securitization, and examines how these encounters influence Coptic political orientations, in particular their views on Islam and emphasis on conservative values.