Dr. Erin Hughes

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Project Director, Sarguis Modern Assyrian Heritage Project


PhD, Sociology (University of Edinburgh)
MSc with Distinction, Nationalism Studies (University of Edinburgh)
BA, Political Science and History (McGill University)

Courses Offered

In History:

HIST 4920: History of Genocide
HIST 4930: Middle East Migrations
HIST 4970: Modern Assyrian History
HIST 5960: Graduate Seminar Middle East

In Political Science:

PSCI 2030: Global Politics
PSCI 3400: Intro to Comparative Politics
PSCI 4410: Global Social Movements
PSCI 4430: Diaspora and Migration
PSCI 4940: Public Administration Internship

Dr. Ashley Black

Building Location:
Bizzini Hall
See Building #2: Map

Office Location:
B132B Bizzini Hall - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3301
E-mail: ehughes1@csustan.edu

In addition to teaching in the History and Political Science Departments, I manage the Sarguis Modern Assyrian Heritage Project at Stanislaus State. The project’s website is currently being updated, but more on the project and upcoming events can be found here and the Sarguis Modern Assyrian Heritage library collection can be found here.

Areas of Interest

Genocide and Ethnic Conflict
Diaspora and Migration
State and Nation-Building
Modern Assyrian Studies

Recent Conference Presentations

(2021) ‘Iraq’s Nineveh Plain: A Contested Land, a Precarious Future’, Presented at UACES-JMCT Research Network’s (University Association for Contemporary European Studies-James Madison Charitable Trust) Territorial Politics in Times of Crisis Workshop, 29-30 April 2021.

(2021) ‘‘Crisis in the Homeland, Mobilization in Diaspora: Assyrians in North America, 2014-2016’, Presented at Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism Annual Conference (Nationalism and Crisis), 6 April 2021.

(2019) ‘"Well, First, I'm Not a Refugee": Interrogating Intra-diasporic Boundaries within Assyrian, Chaldean, and Kurdish Communities in the United States’, Presented at American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 5 January 2019.

(2018) ‘Refugees and the Resettled: The Challenges of Engaging Research with Middle Eastern American Refugee Communities’ Roundtable discussant at Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 17 November 2018. Panel sponsored by the Arab American Studies Association.

(2018) ‘Would a Chaldean Diaspora Exist without Detroit? The Imprint of Locality on Identity and Nationhood’, Presented at Destination: Detroit – Communities of Migration in Metro Detroit, University of Michigan, 27 September 2018.

(2016) ‘The National Dilemma of Refugee Admissions: The Assyrian and Chaldean Diaspora in the United States from the Iraq War through ISIS’, Presented at Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 19 November 2016.

(2016) ‘Nationalism by Another Name: Examining ‘Religious Radicalism’ from the Perspective of Iraq’s Christians’, Presented at Reconsidering Religious Radicalism, Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, 21 May 2016.

(2015) ‘Indigeneity in Iraq after Saddam: The Plight of the Assyrian and Chaldean Communities’, Presented at Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 2015 Conference, Washington D.C., 4-6 June 2015.

(2015) ‘There is no Mayor of Chaldean Detroit’, Presented at Middle East Christians in Diaspora: Past and Present, Continuity and Change as part of the Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe Project, University of St. Andrews, 26-27 May 2015.

(2015) ‘They Didn’t Give a Damn: Assyrian and Chaldean Diasporic Perspectives in the Iraq War’s Aftermath’, Presented at 20th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, Columbia University, 23-25 April 2015.

(2014) Invited Panel Discussant, ‘Seen and Heard: Making Visible Assyrians and Middle Eastern Minorities’, Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting Washington, D.C., 22-25 November 2014.

(2014) ‘Neglected Inclusion: Assyrians and Chaldeans in Post-War Iraq’, Presented at the International Studies Association’s 55th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, 26-29 March 2014.


(2017) ‘Nationalism by Another Name: Examining “Religious Radicalism” from the Perspective of Iraq’s Christians’, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 15(2).

(2017) ‘When the Nation is Under Threat: The Assyrian- and Chaldean-American Diaspora and the Complicated Politics of Refugee Resettlement’, St. Antony’s International Review, University of Oxford, 12(2).

(2012) Review of ‘Making Constitutions in Deeply Divided Societies’ by Hanna Lerner for Nations and Nationalism 18(4), pp. 765-766. 

Grants and Awards

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism
International Association of Genocide Scholars
Middle East Studies Association