• Aram Sarkisian

    Aram Sarkisian

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics (Washington U. in St. Louis)

    Aram G. Sarkisian is a historian of religion, immigration, and labor in the twentieth-century United States, with a research focus on Eastern Orthodox Christianity. A native of the Detroit area, Aram holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an A.M. from the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University in 2019.

    Sarkisian’s work utilizes the tools of social history and the academic study of religion to forge new analytical and methodological frameworks for the study of Orthodoxy Christianity in North America, centralizing labor migration as a key factor for individual and collective lived religious experiences alike. More recently, his research has also focused on how Orthodox Christians in North America engage with American social and political movements. His writing has appeared in the Journal of American Ethnic History and the Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies, been shared at conferences, symposia, and colloquia in the United States and Europe, and presented in public-facing venues such as Contingent Magazine and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. It has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fordham University Orthodox Christian Studies Center, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

    His first book, Orthodoxy on the Line: Russian Orthodox Christians in the United States, 1893-1924, will be published by New York University Press in 2025.

Latest by author

Orthodoxy and race
Orthodoxy and Modernity

In the Image and Likeness of God

One morning not long ago I sat down at a table in a Midwestern university’s special collections library, eager to spend several days working through a cart packed with anniversary books and commemorative pamphlets published by Orthodox parishes and dioceses across North America. These kinds of booklets are invaluable in my work as a historian,...
Also available in: Русский

More posts by the author

Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Politics

God’s Controversy with the United States

“Beware, O sinful land, beware;And do not think it strangeThat sorer judgements are at hand,Unless thou quickly change.Or God, or thou, must quickly change;Or else thou art undon:Wrath cannot cease, if sin remain,Where judgement is begun.” -Michael Wigglesworth, “God’s Controversy With New E... Read more.
Church History, Religion and Politics

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Thinking Historically About Russian Orthodox Soft Diplomacy

If you stand before the iconostasis of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan, the representation church of the Moscow Patriarchate to the Orthodox Church in America, you will see an old and ornate cross perched behind the altar table. First placed there nearly 120 years ago, it is an ... Read more.
Ethics, Orthodoxy and Modernity

What Happens When Scholars of Orthodoxy Write about White Christian Nationalism

In December of last year, I wrote for Public Orthodoxy on the Philip Ludwell III Orthodox Fellowship, an effort that uses myth of the Lost Cause to evangelize the American South. Responses to my piece were robust and diverse. I enjoyed learning from many of the readers who engaged with my work. Yet ... Read more.
Public Life

Orthodox America Has a Lost Cause Problem

For more than a decade, researchers have excavated the fascinating story of Philip Ludwell III, an Anglo-American convert to Orthodox Christianity who lived in colonial Virginia during the mid- to late-eighteenth century. A friend to Benjamin Franklin, cousin to Martha Washington, and a member of on... Read more.
Public Life

“For You Were Aliens in the Land of Egypt”: Why Orthodox Christians Cannot Remain Silent on United States Immigration Policies

In recent weeks, distressing images of detained children, renewed calls for drastic immigration restrictions, and the United States Supreme Court’s decision upholding a travel ban against Muslim-majority countries have intensified national discourse on immigration policy. These developments should... Read more.