USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Stephanie Saldaña is a writer, teacher and journalist who specializes in religious diversity in the Middle East, with a focus on refugees. She first traveled to the region twenty years ago on a Thomas Watson fellowship, where she became fascinated by conversations between local Christians and Muslims. After starting her career as a journalist at the Lebanon Daily Star in Beirut, she returned to the United States to pursue a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on Muslim-Christian dialogue and Arabic. In 2004, she moved to Syria on a Fulbright Islamic Civilizations Initiative Grant to study the Prophet Jesus in Islam. Her year there became the basis of her first book, The Bread of Angels. In 2006 she moved to Jerusalem, where she has lived for the last thirteen years. She taught Palestinian students at Al-Quds Bard College, and her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Plough, and other publications. In 2016, as an Abraham Path Fellow, she launched The Mosaic Stories to tell the stories of disappearing cultural heritage in the Middle East, particularly among refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria. Her second book, A Country Between, was released in 2017.

Stephanie Saldaña