Dr. Michael Akladios

Founder and Executive Director

Michael earned his PhD in History from York University. An historian of North American Immigration and Ethnicity, his research primarily focuses on Egypt’s migrants and the global Middle East during the Cold War. His first book project is entitled Ordinary Copts: Ecumenism, Activism, and Belonging in North American Cities, 1954-1992. Michael has published peer-reviewed articles with Left History and Histoire Sociale / Social History, and opinion pieces with Mada Masr, Active History, Public Orthodoxy, among others.

Email me: michaelakladios@gmail.com

Miray Philips


Miray is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Minnesota and a Visiting Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies. Her dissertation research is on political representations and mobilization around Middle East Christians, specifically Copts, in Washington DC. Miray was born in Egypt, raised in Kuwait, and now lives in the United States between Minnesota and Washington DC.

Email me: phili191@umn.edu