Candace Lukasik

Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am a sociocultural anthropologist of religion and migration, specializing in Middle Eastern Christianity, U.S. geopolitics, and Muslim-Christian relations.

Candace Lukasik is an anthropologist of religion and migration, with a focus on Middle Eastern Christianity, U.S. geopolitics, and Muslim-Christian relations. She earned her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020. Her book manuscript, Economy of Blood: Coptic Christianity and the Persecution Politics of U.S. Empire, examines how American politicization of Middle Eastern Christians has impacted inter-communal solidarities and religious alliances, both in the Middle East and in diaspora. Based on twenty months of fieldwork between Egypt and the United States, the book investigates the transformative effects of U.S. empire on a Middle Eastern Christian community in migration and in diaspora by examining the transnational circulation and commingling of American and Coptic political subjectivities and religious practices. For this work, she has received fellowships from the American Academy of Religion, the Social Science Research Council, the Louisville Institute, and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, among others.  

Her scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Ecumenical StudiesMiddle East Critique, and the Alexandria School Journal. In addition to academic scholarship, she has published opinion editorials and short-form essays with SightingsAnthropology NewsPublic OrthodoxyThe Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and The Coptic Canadian History Project (CCHP), and is a curator for New Directions in the Anthropology of Christianity. She is a cohort member in the American Examples 2021 program as well as Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center project on Orthodoxy and Human Rights, both funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Candace Lukasik in the News