Lydia Yousief

I'm interested in Middle Eastern marginalized identities, particularly the Copts and Palestinians, and their intersectionality. Currently, my thesis is on the issue of pilgrimage to Jerusalem among Copts in Egypt and in diaspora, who hold different and various positions on the issue, and the desire to assimilate as the crux of the identity dilemma. In the future, I hope to continue to a Ph.D. program centered on recording, narrating, and analyzing Coptic diasporic identities with an emphasis on the growing push for English-only (missionary) churches in Canada and the United States, and the contradictions this implies for Coptic identities in diaspora here.