2021 Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies Recipients


The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies.

The Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies recognizes outstanding scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on Middle East migration, refugees and diasporas. This year the selection committee awarded three different prizes: one for a book by a scholar, one for a paper by a scholar, and one for the best graduate student paper.

The 2021 Alixa Naff Book Prize is awarded to Dr. Devi Mays for her book Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi DiasporaDr. Mays is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History at the University of Michigan.

This year the Khayrallah Center selection committee awarded the best paper prize to Dr. Amy Malek for her paper Clickbait orientalism and vintage Iranian snapshots (International Journal of Cultural Studies). Dr. Malek is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the College of Charleston.

The 2021 Graduate Paper prize was awarded to China Sajadian, for her paper, The Drowned and the Displaced: Afterlives of Agrarian Developmentalism in Eastern Syria. Sajadian is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and currently a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. 

Read the full announcement on the Khayrallah Center website.