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FA-233157-16

Sarah Gualtieri
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)

Syrian Migrants in Southern California, 1880-1945

A book-length study of Syrian migration to Southern California, 1880-1945, based on archival work and oral histories conducted in California, Syria, Lebanon, and Mexico.

Arabness Unbound is the first book-length study of Syrians in Southern California, an area with the largest Middle Eastern population in the United States and, after Metropolitan Detroit, the largest population of Arab origin or descent. Based on archival work and oral histories conducted in California, Syria, Lebanon, and Mexico it demonstrates the theoretical significance of Arab migrants to the study of transnationalism. Special attention is given to multiple migrations and to the creation of multiple homes as migrants moved in diaspora, particularly from Mexico to Southern California and back. By emphasizing movement and inter-ethnic solidarities, the project unbinds Syrian migrants from a single nation and establishes a framework for collaborative ethnic studies, one that connects Arab American to Latino and Asian American studies.

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Project fields:
Ethnic Studies; Immigration History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 4/30/2017