Noor Amr is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Stanford University. She is currently conducting fieldwork on the church asylum (Kirchenasyl) movement in Germany, paying attention to the relationship between religion, race, migration, sovereignty, and political belonging. Her research explores how Christian sanctuary, a form of shelter from the state, becomes a means through which rejected asylum-seekers gain legibility as subjects worthy of legal recognition. Her broader theoretical interests include political theology, german idealism, histories of sanctuary/confinement, and the coloniality of asylum.
Noor is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Prior to her doctoral work, she received a B.A. in Politics from Willamette University and an M.T.S. in Philosophy of Religion from Harvard Divinity School, where she was a Dean’s Fellow.