Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
My research focuses on migrant labor, racism and masculinity in modern Lebanon.
For my Master's Thesis, I conducted fieldwork among Syrian refugees and migrant laborers in Beirut, looking at the construction of the hyperbolic male body in the political and economic exploitation of male Syrian workers as "intimate Others" in the Lebanese migrant economy.
Currently, for my dissertation research, I trace similar racialized and gendered notions of the black male body in my work on historical and contemporary African migration to Lebanon. Working with both archives and ethnography, I am particularly interested in the triad colonial relationship between France, Senegal and Lebanon shaped through the trading of bodies, ideas and colonial disciplinary structures between these distinct, yet interconnected, places. By looking at the particular colonial encounter between Senegalese mercenaries, deployed by the French Army during Lebanon's anti-colonial uprising in World War II, and Lebanese colonial citizens, I am interested in understanding how certain colonial subjectivities, loyalties and aspirations were formed through this relationship.
Middle East/Near East Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
Syrian Refugees In Beirut
French Colonialism In The Levant
Racism And Migrant Labor In The Middle East
| Near Eastern Studies
Intimate Strangers: Notes on Syrian Refugees in Beirut
Migrant or Worker? Sudanese Livelihoods and Memory in Beirut
Future Returns: Indebtability and Crop Speculation Among Migrant Returnees in Sudan
Migrants After Labor in Lebanon