Neama Alamri is a historian of race, empire, and labor in the Yemeni diaspora. She earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of California, Merced. She holds a B.A. in both English and Women’s Studies with a minor in Middle East Studies from California State University, Fresno.
At Princeton, Alamri will be working on her first book project, “Long Live the Arab Worker: A Transnational History of Labor and Empire in the Yemeni Diaspora,” which examines how Yemeni workers and activists, throughout the 20th century, highlighted the connections between local challenges in the diaspora with global politics of empire. Through an historical exploration of archival sources, oral histories, and works of literature, “Long Live the Arab Worker,” interrogates the ways in which Yemeni workers and migrants experienced and resisted politics of empire. It analyzes how labor in the diaspora became an ideological arena in which politics of empire were obscured, accommodated, exposed, and challenged. Her research thus far, which consisted of travels to archives throughout California, Michigan, and England, was generously supported by the Western History Association, UC Humanities Research Institute, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.
Alamri has taught courses on race, media studies, and gender and sexuality studies. During her time at Princeton she plans to teach courses on race, labor, empire, Arab American histories, and histories of the Yemeni diaspora in the United States.