Professor, International Relations
Office: HSS 129
Lucia Volk obtained her PhD in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Anthropology from Harvard University (2001). She also holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (1994) and a BA in International Relations from Stanford (1991). Her PhD dissertation titled "Missing the Nation: Lebanon's Post-Civil War Generation in the Midst of Reconstruction" studied the process of social and cultural reconstruction after Lebanon's 16-year-long civil war from the point of view of Lebanese returnee migrants.
Past research in Lebanon focused on public sites of memory and their role in legitimizing a particular national narrative that places Muslim and Christian Lebanese sacrifice at the core of commemorative exercises. Her book Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon appeared in 2010 with Indiana University Press. She has further published on the topic of politics of memory in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Arab Studies Journal, the Bulletin d'Archéologie et d'Architecture Libanaises (BAAL) and Middle Eastern Studies. Moreover, she is the editor and author of The Middle East in the World: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015). Locally, Prof. Volk has conducted research among Yemeni Muslim immigrants who live in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood in order to investigate issues of health and well-being in this marginal community within the larger Arab bay area community. Some of her research findings are published in the Medical Anthropology Quarterly (MAQ). Together with former executive director of the San Francisco Arab Cultural and Community Center, Sally al-Daher, she co-authored a report based on data from the Center's Health Survey, titled Living Healthier Lives in the Diaspora. Currently, Prof. Volk is working on a new book, tentatively titled Permanent Temporariness about Arab refugees from Lebanon's Civil War who ended up in Germany.
Prof. Volk was co-PI of a Department of Education-funded grant to expand the Middle East and Islamic Studies program on campus, and obtained a grant from the Institute for Turkish Studies, Washington, DC, to initiate Turkish Studies at SFSU. She has presented papers at many conferences, workshops, and colloquia in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She will be on sabbatical in fall 2015.