Suraya Khan

Ph.D. Candidate
M.A. Rice University, 2013
B.A. University of Houston, 2011
Fields of Study: 
  • U.S. and the World
  • 20th Century United States
  • Modern Middle East
  • Migration History
  • Transnationalism
Research Interests: 

My dissertation, "Finding Palestine in America: The Impact of the Arab-Israeli Conflict on Arab-American Identity,” investigates the ways in which the issue of Palestine nurtured a spectrum of Arab-American identities from 1924 - 1987. My project examines how the evolving Arab-Israeli conflict served as a catalyst for political activism and identity construction across three waves of Arab migration to the United States. By tracing activism for Palestine on regional, national, and transnational scales, my research contributes to scholarship on the intersections between politics and migrant identities.