• Candace Lukasik

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Mississippi State University

    Candace Lukasik is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Mississippi State University and a former postdoctoral research associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her research focuses on the intersections of transnational migration, religion, race, and empire. Her first book Martyrs and Migrants: Coptic Christians and the Persecution Politics of U.S. Empire (under contract with New York University Press) examines the everyday processes and practices that shape transnational Coptic communal formation and belonging as it interfaces with the tension between their minority status in Egypt and their racial-religious placement within an American Christian conservative landscape. Her work on Middle Eastern Christianity and migration has received support from the American Association of University Women, the American Academy of Religion, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Louisville Institute, the Fetzer Institute, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University, among others.


    Her scholarship has appeared in American Anthropologist, the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Middle East Critique, and edited volumes with UNC Press and Rutgers University Press, among others. In addition to Public Orthodoxy, she has published opinion editorials and short-form essays in The Immanent Frame, Berkley Forum, Anthropology News, and The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and she sits on the board of Egypt Migrations. She currently serves on the steering committees for the Middle Eastern Christianity, Anthropology of Religion, and Religion and Politics units of the American Academy of Religion. You can find her full CV here.

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Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. Sermon by Dr. Candace Lukasik

The sermon for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt is given by Dr. Candace Lukasik. Candace Lukasik is an assistant professor of religion and anthropology at Mississippi State University and a former postdoctoral research associate at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her...

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Public Life, Religion and Politics

Human Rights and Persecution Economies

by Candace Lukasik | Ελληνικά Earlier this year, I published a short piece with Anthropology News on Coptic Christian persecution in Egypt, American power, and racism in the United States. I then received a barrage of social media criticism claiming that I overemphasized racism against Copts... Read more.
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Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Debating Christmas Day: Copts, Calendars, and the Immigrants’ Church

This essay is co-published with the Coptic Canadian History Project. A longer version is available on the CCHP website. On December 11, 2019, Metropolitan Serapion and the clergy of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii wrote a statement pronouncing that Christmas celebrations ... Read more.
Culture and Arts, Public Life

Rami Malek and Contentions of Coptic Identity

On Sunday February 24, Rami Malek won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. In his acceptance speech, Malek spoke of his Egyptian heritage and its representative power: “We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetica... Read more.
Religion and Conflict

Modernity, Murder, and Coptic Identity

  On July 29, 2018, one of the most beloved bishops and scholars in the Coptic world, Bishop Epiphanius, was found murdered outside of his cell at the St. Macarius monastery. He was on his way to Midnight Prayer when he was assaulted and struck in the back of the head. While the Egyptian state.... Read more.