Dr. Michael Akladios
Founder and Director, Egypt Migrations (formerly CCHP)
Research interests: Global Middle East, modern Egypt; immigration and Ethnicity in North America; Cold War international relations; Religious history; transnationalism and diaspora; Gender, race and racism.
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Dr. Febe Armanios
Professor of History and Co-Director of Humanities, Middlebury College
Research interests: Coptic Studies in Ottoman and Modern Egypt; Pentecostal and charismatic history and practices in Egypt; missionaries; Christian communities in the Middle East; comparative Muslim-Christian religious practices; women’s studies; media studies; food studies.
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PhD. Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
Research interests: Modern Egypt and communal histories in the modern Middle East, with an emphasis on the development of institutions in the modern Coptic community.
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PhD. Candidate, History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Grad Assistant, Center for Middle East Studies
Research Interests: Modern Middle East History; modern Egypt; Coptic studies; global Christianity and comparative empire.
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Dr. Angie Heo
Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School
Research Interests: Religion, media, and economy; the critical study of global Christianities in the modern world; everyday religious practices; colonial and national institutions of rule; political economies of development and globalization.
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Founder, Shubra’s Archive for Research & Development (SARD)
Researcher, MENA Prison Forum
Research Interests: Moral lives and complexities of religious minorities in Middle East; cultures and histories of imprisonment and torture in the Arab World.
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Dr. Candace Lukasik
Postdoctoral Fellow, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
Research interests: race and racialization; migration, transnationalism, and diaspora; sectarianism and religious violence; political theology and geopolitics; U.S. empire and the War on Terror.
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Dr. Elizabeth Monier
Research Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
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Research interests: The contemporary history and politics of the Middle East; Eastern Christians, sectarianism, identity politics; the history of political concepts; nation-state building and national belonging.
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Ed.D Sociology of Education, Museum Studies; Volunteer Curator, Coptic Museum of Canada; Secretary, Board of Directors, Canadian Society for Coptic Studies
Research Interests: Culture & social identity; education and museology; refugees policy & experience; Coptic art, social identity & agency; museums as research hubs.
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PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota; Visiting Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.
Research interests: Religious freedom and human rights; knowledge and representation; collective memory and cultural trauma; ethno-religious minorities; diaspora.
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Dr. Carolyn M. Ramzy
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Carleton University; Supervisor of Ensemble and Masterclasses
Research interests: Musics of the Middle East; Coptic Christian popular music; performative politic of citizenship and belonging; music and religion; neo-Pentecostal and charismatic worship movement; gender and religious subjectivities; satellite and digital ministries; mediated and autotuned voice; sectarian conflicts; post/colonial music discourses and scholarship.
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Dr. Gaétan Du Roy
Université Saint-Louis, Brussels
Research Interests: Contemporary History; Oral History; Ethnography; Urban History; Religious minorities; Middle East studies; methodology and historiography.
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Dr. Paul Sedra
Associate professor of History, Simon Fraser University
Research Interests: Modern Egypt; Christian-Muslim relations; Canadian policy in the Middle East; social history; Middle East politics.
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Dr. Heather J. Sharkey
Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
Research interests: History of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish worlds; imperialism, colonialism, post-colonialism, and nationalism; Christian missions; language politics and literacy; food studies.
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PhD Candidate, UCSD History; Graduate Career Peer Educator UCSD Career Center; Vice-Moderator, National Middle Eastern Presbyterian Caucus
Research Interests: Education; missionaries; 20th century Egyptian nation-state formation; nationalism; Coptic studies.
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Dr. Joseph Youssef
Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Research interests: Transnationalism; diaspora; pilgrimage; place making; embodiment; Coptic Christianity.
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