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John Tofik Karam

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John Tofik Karam advances the transnational turn in area and ethnic studies by reframing South America and the Middle East through their mutually entangled imaginaries. His first book, Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil (Temple University Press, 2007), won awards from the Arab American National Museum and the Brazilian Studies Association. It was translated by the Editora Martins Fontes into Portuguese (2009) and by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies into Arabic (2012). With María del Mar Logroño Narbona and Paulo G. Pinto, Karam coedited the volume, Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino U.S.A. (University of Texas Press, 2015). His current book project is titled, “Manifold Destiny: Arabs at an American Crossroads.” With Akram Khater and Andrew Arsan, he co-founded and co-edited the peer-reviewed Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies, http://go.ncsu.edu/mashriq. Published in the journal's inaugural issue in 2013, his article, “The Lebanese Diaspora at the Tri-Border and the Redrawing of South American Geopolitics, 1950-1992,” was awarded the bestarticle prize by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association in 2014. He has published in both the Journal of Latin American Studies and the International Journal of Middle East Studies. In 2017, he was named Associate Director of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and Conrad Humanities Scholar.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

Area and Ethnic Studies, Race, Nationalism, Transnationalism,

Research Interests

  • Area and Ethnic Studies
  • Race
  • Nationalism
  • Transnationalism