Randa Tawil is a PhD Candidate in the Department of American Studies at Yale University. She specializes in migration and mobility, ethnic studies, and Arab/Middle Eastern American studies. She is interested in how race and gender are made meaningful for migrants during transit, and how sites outside of the United States contribute to racial and gender formations within the country.

Her dissertation, Routes of Race: Migrations between Ottoman Syria, Mandate Lebanon, and the United States 1881-1945, examines migration from Ottoman Syria (present day Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, Jordan, and Syria) through the lens of international migration. Connecting archives in Lebanon, France, Mexico, and the United States, she recreates their routes of travel as they confronted European and US sites of imperial power.

She is an experienced teacher who has taught both introductory and upper level courses in Ethnic studies, Asian American history, and critical refugee studies. She has articles published in academic journals, The Washington Post, and Open Democracy.


photos from my research trips

clockwise: border wall Nogales, AZ; Isle de Frioul, Marseille, FR; a silk mill, Mt. Lebanon; Corniche, Beirut, LB; Vieux Porte, Marseille FR