Faculty


Sarah Gualtieri

Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
E-mail: gualtier@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5374
Office: SOS 165

 

Biographical Sketch

Sarah Gualtieri is Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies and Ethnicity and former Director of the Middle East Studies Program.  Trained in Middle East Studies at McGill University and at the University of Chicago, her research focuses on questions of race, gender, and migration. Specifically, she explores the movement of peoples and ideas from greater Syria to the Americas and has written on the theoretical, social and empirical implications of this movement. Conducting research in Arabic, French, Spanish and English, she has travelled extensively in the Middle East and lived for two years in Damascus, Syria.  Her research bridges several emerging fields, notably Middle Eastern Migration Studies, Arab American Studies, and Transnational American Studies. Gualtieri’s publications include a number of articles as well as her book Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009). The book examines the history of Arab racial formation in the United States with a particular focus on the problematic of “whiteness.” It traces how Arabs came to be officially classified as white by the U.S. government, and how different Arab groups interpreted, accepted, or contested this racial classification over the course of the 20th century. Gualtieri is now working on a project entitled "The Lebanese in Los Angeles: Migration and Transnationalism in a Multi-racial Landscape.”

At USC, Prof. Gualtieri teaches undergraduate courses on Women and Revolution in the Middle East, the Modern Middle East, Race and Class in Los Angeles, Arabs in America, and a graduate seminar in Critical Studies of Whiteness. She is currently supervising several Ph.D. theses on topics ranging from U.S. imperial interests in the Middle East, to Afro-Arab encounters, and Palestinian cinema; and is a member of several other dissertation committees. She is a recipient of two undergraduate teaching awards.

Prof. Gualtieri's fellowships include the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS); Social Science Research Council (SSRC); and USC's Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship; and the Zumberge Research and Innovation Individual Faculty Grant.

Prof. Gualtieri is also Regional Editor for the Americas of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.

Education

  • B.A. History, McGill University
  • M.A. Middle East Studies, University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. Middle East History, University of Chicago

  • Description of Research

    Research Specialties
    Middle East Diaspora, Race and Ethnicity, Revolution and Occupation, History of Syria

    Funded Research


    USC Funding
    • Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences . "Arab Angelenos: Syrian Immigrants and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Los Angeles, 1880-1945": This project explores the history of Syrian migration to Los Angeles, paying particular attention to the solidarities that developed with the Latino population in the city., $22,000, 2010-2011   

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • The USC Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity in Media and Culture 16-20 June 2014 Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism U of Southern California, Participant/Presenter

    Conferences and Other Presentations


    Conference Presentations
    • "Out of Ann Arbor: Edward Said and Arab American Studies", Talk/Oral Presentation, Beirut, Lebanon , Center for American Studies and Research, American, Invited, 2014-2015   
    • "Historical Ethnography of Palestinian Circulations", Middle East Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, New Orleans, LA, Fall 2013   
    • "Arabness Unbound: Syrian Migrants in Southern California and their Transnational Imaginaries 1880-1945", Talk/Oral Presentation, University of California Los Angeles, Burkle Center for International Relatins, Invited, Spring 2013   
    • " 'Strange Fruit'?: Syrian Racialization in the Jim Crow South.", Middle East Studies Association Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Washington, D.C., Fall 2012   
    • "The Arab Uprisings: Media Representations of Women and Youth", Middle East Studies Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Denver, Colorado, Invited, Fall 2012   
    • "Linking Arab American and Other Ethnic Studies: What the History of Syrian Immigration to Los Angeles Tells Us about Inter-Ethnic Relations.", Levantine Migrations, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, North Carolina State University, Spring 2012   
    • "Arabs in Pre-World War II Los Angeles: Bringing Arab American Studies into Conversation with other Ethnic Studies Fields", Talk/Oral Presentation, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Invited, Fall 2011   
    • "Arab Angelenos: Syrian Immigrants to Los Angeles, 1880-1945 ", Middle Eastern Migrants: New Perspectives, Lecture/Seminar, Paper, Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizat, Invited, Spring 2011   
    • ""Arab Angelenos: Syrian Immigrants to Los Angeles, 1880-1945"", Middle Eastern Migrants: New Perspectives, Talk/Oral Presentation, Princeton University, Invited, 03/23/2011-03/24/2011  
    • ""A Short History of the Lebanese in Los Angeles: Community Building in a Multi-racial Landscape" ", Arab American Historical Foundation Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Southern California, Invited, Fall 2009   
    • ""How Whiteness Travels: Lebanese Immigrants and Debates on Racial Belonging in the Los Angeles, 1875-1945."", Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, American Studies Association, Fall 2009   
    • "Re-inventing the Enemy Within: Anti-Arab and Islamophobic Legal Discourse and Practice Beyond September 11th.", Roundtable/Panel, UCLA School of Law, Invited, Fall 2009   
    • "From Lebanon to Louisiana: 'Afifa Karam and Arab Women's Writing in the Diaspora", Conference on Arab American Women, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State University, Invited, Spring 2009   
    • ""Performing Orientalism: Inscribing Whiteness."", Roundtable/Panel, UCLA School of Law, Invited, Spring 2008   
    • ""Who is an Arab: The Religious Dimensions of a Pan-Ethnic Identity in the United States."", Organization of American Historians, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, New York, Spring 2008   
    • ""Who is an Arab? Religious Dimensions of a Pan-Ethnic Identity in the United States"", Organization of American Historians, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, New York City, Invited, Spring 2008   
    • ""Arab American Activism in the Wake of the 1967 War." ", Middle East Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Boston, MA, Fall 2007   
    • ""Arab American Activism in the Wake of the 1967 War." ", American Studies Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Oakland, CA, Fall 2006   
    • ""Sources for the Study of Arab American History."", Arab-American History Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Los Angeles, CA, Arab-American Historical Foundation, Invited, Fall 2006   
    • ""Representing ‘Little Syria’: Early Syrian Immigrants and American Orientalism." ", Mapping Arab Diasporas: Border Crossing, Exile and Displacement, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, University of Michigan, Dearborn, Invited, Spring 2006   
    • " "Arab-Americans." ", Roundtable/Panel, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and the Social , Invited, Fall 2005   
    • " "The Politics of Counting: Arab Racial Classification on the U.S. Census"", UCLA/SSRC Summer Institute on International Migration, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Los Angeles, CA, 2003-2004   
    • " "What Race are the Arabs? Racial Classification on the U.S. Census Past and Present."", Talk/Oral Presentation, Lebanese Emigration Research CenterCenter, Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh, L, Invited, 2003-2004   
    • ""The Lynching of Nicholas Romey: Syrian Racial In-betweenness in the American South." ", Conference on the Lebanese Diaspora, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001-2002   
    • ""The Nation in the Mahjar: the Syrian National Imaginary on the Eve of World War One"", Middle East Studies Association Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2001   

    Other Presentations
    • "Respondent to Nadine Naber, "Diasporas of Empire: An Anti-Imperialist Arab Feminist Critique"", ASE Commons, University of Southern California, University of Southern California, Spring 2013   
    • ""Performing Orientalism, Inscribing Whiteness."", Seminar, University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, Spring 2008   

    Publications


    Book
    • Gualtieri, Sarah M.A.; Suad, Joseph; Booth, Marilyn; Shehabuddin, Elora (Ed.). (2013). Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches 2003-2013. Leiden: Brill.
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2009). Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Read about this book here

    Book Chapter
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2014). From Lebanon to Louisiana: 'Afifa Karam and Arab Diasporic Feminism. Arab American Women Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2008). Strange Fruit?: Syrian Immigrants, Extralegal Violence, and Racial Formation in the United States. pp. 22. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. Read about this article here

    Book Review
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2010). We are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslim and Other Minorities. Journal of American Ethnic History.
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2000). Elizabeth Thompson, Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon; Colonial Effects:The making of National Identity in Jordan. Radical History Review..
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (1997). Review of Kathleen M. Moore, Al-Mughtaribun: American Law and the Transformation of Muslim Life in the United States. Journal of Religion. pp. 500-502,750 words..

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2004). Syrians" and "Lebanese. (James Grossman ., Ed.). 500 words each.. Encyclopedia of Chicago History./University of Chicago Press.

    Essay Translation
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2006). Translation from Arabic of "Should Women have All the Rights of Men. Modern Middle East Sourcebook Project.

    Journal Article
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2004). Gendering the Chain Migration Thesis: Women and Syrian Transatlantic Migration. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. pp. 69-80.
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2001). Becoming "White": Race, Religion, and the Formation of Syrian/Lebanese Ethnicity in the United States. Journal of American Ethnic History, University of Illinois Press. pp. 29-58.

    Magazine/Trade Publication
    • Gualtieri, S. M. Migration and the Formation of Immigrant Communities: an Historiographical Essay. In the final report of the Area Studies, Regional Worlds Program of the Globalization Project./University of Chicago.. PubMed Web Address

    Newsletter
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2009). Syrian Immigrants and Debates on Racial Belonging in Los Angeles, 1875-1945. Syrian Studies Newsletter.

    Other
    • Gualtieri, S. M., Khater, A. (2014). Special Issue on Gender and Diaspora. Mashriq/Mahjar.
    • Gualtieri, S. M. (2009). Between Arab and White, American Constitution Society.

    Honors and Awards

    • "Arab Angelenos," Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010-2011   
    • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, 2008-2009   
    • USC Provost's Arts and Humanities Initiative ("Visions and Voices"), 2007-2008   
    • General Education Teaching Award for Arts and Letters Course "Women and Revolution in the Middle East" , 2006-2007   
    • USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, 7/1/2006-7/1/2007  
    • Fulbright Award, 1996-1997  

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director, 08/16/2013-08/15/2014  

    Service to the Profession


    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Responsible for soliciting articles for the Americas and for conducting outreach to the community on issues related to Muslim women., Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture, 2012-  
    • Editorial Board, Mashriq/Mahjar, 2012-  

    Review Panels
    • SSRC, International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Reviewed 20 proposals, Spring 2007   

    Other Service to the Profession
    • Consultant for the PBS Documentary, "Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.," in which the Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans. See http://www.pbs.org/wnet/facesofamerica/. Served as consultant Jun. – Nov., 2009. , 2008-2009   




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