Lacy Noel Feigh

Feigh smiling at the camera in a local West Philly establishment

Ph.D. Candidate2020-21 Perry World House Graduate Associate


"'As Pretty as an Abyssinian Girl Could Be': Race and Empire in the Red Sea"


Race, Labor, and Migration

Middle Eastern and Indian Ocean Frontiers

East Africa

Committee Members:

Lee Cassanelli

Eve Troutt Powell

Firoozeh Kasani-Sabet


2019: Social Science Research Council Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship

2018-2019: Fulbright Student Fellowship, Ethiopia

2018: History Department Teaching Assistant of the Year Award

2017-2018: Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Amharic

Summer 2017: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Arabic

Summer 2016: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Amharic



M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania (2017)

B.A., History and Political Science, Presbyterian College (2012)


Research Interests

Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, Horn of Africa, Ethiopia, Indian Ocean and Red Sea Worlds, slavery, labor, migration, 19th and 20th centuries


2014-2015: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Jordan
2012-2014: Peace Corps Volunteer; Yirgalem, Ethiopia