Announcements

I was recently interviewed for an article on El Salvador’s Palestinian community here

I was also invited as a special guest on Faith and Capital podcast to discuss evangelicalism in El Salvador here

Personal Statement:

I am a PhD Candidate in History working across the fields of modern Middle East and late Ottoman History, Religious Studies, Archival Studies, and the Latin East (Middle East-Latin American studies). My current research focuses on modern Egypt, religious minorities in the Middle East, missions and global Christianity, and comparative empire. Provisionally titled “The Gospel of Wealth: Charity and the Making of Modern Egypt 1879-1939,” my dissertation examines the politics of the development of philanthropy in Egypt during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I consider the formation and growth of charitable associations during this period as a form of cross-confessional solidarity as sectarian conflict threatened the integrity of nation-building and independence movements in Egypt. I examine how these multi-confessional endeavors were made possible through shared notions of class, gender, and race among Egyptian elites into the mid twentieth century.

My research and language studies have been generously supported by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), the Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), the Yale Center for Race, Indigenous, and Transnational Migration, the Borchard European Studies Foundation, the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life, and the UCSB Center for Middle East Studies. 

I am also a freelance writer on religion and politics in Egypt, the United States, and Central America. For more information about my research and work, an interview: https://thecchp.com/2020/03/29/interview-with-amy-fallas-philanthropic-solidarities/

Selected Publications:

“Research under Covid Lockdowns, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Online Resources,Egypt Migrations.

“How I Met My Mother (and Billy Graham),” The Revealer.

“Some textbooks still parrot Donald Trump’s skewed version of U.S. history,” Sept2020,” The Washington Post.

“American Protestantism’s Commodification of the Middle East’s ‘Holy Lands,’” Sojourners.

Researching Modern Egypt Online,” Hazine 

“Orthodox Religion and Politics in Contemporary Eastern Europe,” Book Review, Journal for Religion, State and Society, Vol 49, 2020. Orthodox Religion and Politics in Contemporary Eastern Europe

“The Chaldeans: Politics and Identity in Iraq and the American Diaspora by Yasmeen Hanoosh,” Book Review, Arab Studies Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 2020. The Chaldeans

Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt,” Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, December 2019.

What the Taming of Christian Spaces Reveals about Egypt’s Security Complex,” Jadaliyya, November 2019.

Researching Modern Coptic History: A Guide to the Archives in the US and Egypt,” Archives Review, Coptic Canadian History Project, August 2019.

“El Salvador’s Bukele at Crossroads in Relations with Ancestral Land,” Palestine Square, June 2019

“Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam,” Book Review, Reading Religion, March 2019.

“Assessing Coptic Reform Through the International Christian Student Movement,” Coptic Canadian History Project, October 2018.

“Syria’s Christians Reckon with Survival,” Sojourners, June 2018.

“Targeted Yet Faithful: Egypt’s Copts, Wary of Restrictions, Celebrate Virgin Mary Feast,” Sojourners, October 2017.

“From the Cedars to the Frontlines: Danbury’s Greater Syrian Immigrants and the Great War,” Connecticut History Review Journal, 55 (2) (Fall 2016), 140-152.

“The Armenian-Syrian Relief Fund in World War l-Era Connecticut,” Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, Fall 2016.

Courses Taught:

Summer 2021: MES 45: Introduction to Middle East Studies

Spring 2021: HIST 46A: Premodern Middle East

Fall 2020: HIST 46B: Modern Middle East

Spring 2020: HIST 4C: Modern Europe

Winter 2020: HIST 46A: Premodern Middle East

Fall 2019: HIST 56 – Introduction to Mexican History

Spring 2019: HIST 56 – Introduction to Mexican History

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • American Society of Church History Research Fellowship for 2021
  • Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy 2021-22
  • American Research Center in Egypt, Dissertation Research Fellowship 2021-22
  • Orfalea Center Graduate Fellow, 2020-21
  • Borchard European Studies Fellowship, 2020-21
  • History Associates Fellowship, Spring 2020
  • UCSB History Department Research Travel Award, Summer 2020
  • Coptic Studies Congress Conference Travel Award, Summer 2020
  • MESA Annual Conference Travel Award, Fall 2019
  • Center for Middle East Studies, Research Grant, Summer 2019
  • Steven Hay Scholarship Award, Spring 2019
  • History Associates Fellowship, Spring 2019
  • Center for Middle East Studies Conference Travel Grant,  UCSB, Fall 2018
  • Yale Center for Race, Indigenous, and Transnational Migration Research Fellowship, Cairo, Summer 2017
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship Finalist (FLAS) in Arabic at Yale University, Summer 2017
  • Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) in Arabic at Yale University in Oman, Summer 2017
  • Oral History Fellowship,Yale University, Fall 2016
  • Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco, Summer 2016