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Abdul Rahman Abdul-Ghani: 

Ph.D. in History from the University of Heidelberg.  He teaches history at Birzeit University where he has served as Chairman of the Department of Cultural Studies. He has published several studies and at present finishing a book on the history of democracy from ancient times to the present.

His area of interests include:  Modern European history and the history of Palestine

Selected publications:

On Israelization: the state of the Arab Minority in Israel, Ramallah-Palestine 2001

Nazi Germany and Palestine (in Arabic) 1933-1945. Beirut 1995.

 "German Policy and the Palestinian Question as reflected 4/24/1424 in Haj Amin El Husseni's Correspondence", in: the Journal of Palestinian Studies,vol. 14, Spring 1993.

Industrial England and Germany 1815-1848. A study in Classical Theory of Development and its Social and Political Problems (in Arabic) Jerusalem, 1987


Abdul-Rahim al-Shaikh: 

Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Utah. He is a poet and writer and teaches cultural studies, Islamic thought, and Arab intellectual history at Birzeit University.  He carried-out his post-graduate research in Germany focusing on Islamic hermeneutics and cultural mobility in near eastern literatures. Among his works during this training: The Other and the Transformations of Mahmoud Darwish’sLiterary Discourse (1999), and Beyond the Last Twilight: A Critical and Annotated Translation of Barghuthi’s Autobiography al-Daw’ al-Azraq (The Blue Light) (2003).

His area of interests include: politics of identity, educational politics, post-colonial studies, modernization and post-modernism, and the role of intellectuals in society. He has published several papers in related areas, and coordinates the Muwatin training program in research and writing skills for university students and other researchers.


Emilio Dabed:

(Advanced Studies Group)  is a lawyer, specialized in constitutional matters. He is the director of the International Law and Human Rights Program at Al-Quds/Bard College, Jerusalem.   Dabed has been recently appointed the Palestine and Law Fellow at Columbia University-Center for Palestine Studies 2015-2016, and he will teach at Columbia University Law School in Spring 2016. His latest research looks at the relations between, on the one hand, legal processes and discursive practices, and, on the other hand, political and social changes, subjectivity, and identity formation. It aims to shed light on the role that juridical phenomena play in sociological and anthropological questions and, more specifically, on the disciplinary powers of law and the discourse of (human) rights in contemporary colonial Palestine.

Hadil Qazzaz: 

Selected publications

 Co-Author of "Engendering National Budgets in Palestine" published by Miftah., 2005

Co-Author, “The Two Earth Summits in Your Hands – a manual for the civil activists about the earth summit at Johannesburg”. Heinrich Böll Foundation, Ramallah, 2002.

 Co-Author of “Human development in Palestine”, published by Development Studies Program, Birzeit University. 1998

 Co-Author of “Palestinian Women and Development”, published by Development Studies Program, Birzeit University. 1998

Islah Jad

Ph.D in political science from SOAS (School of African and Asian Studies) University of London. She has published several papers and contributions in books, and teaches in the MA program in Women Studies, and the Cultural Studies Program at Birzeit University. Most recently she is preparing for publication a study on Islamist Women's Organization in Palestine.

Her area of interests include: Political Participations, Gender studies, Islamic woman's movements. 

Selected publications:

“Citizens without Citizenship, the case of Palestinian Women”. in Joseph, Suad (ed.). Subject-Making in Muslim Communities. Forthcoming. 2007

Arab Human Development Report: Women’s Empowerment, UNDP 2006.

 “Islamist Women of Hamas: A New Women’s Movement?” In Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone (ed.) On Shifting Ground; Muslim Women in a Global Era, Feminist Press 2005.  

“The ‘NGOisation’ of the Arab Women’s Movement”, IDS Bulletin, Sussex University Press, vol. 35 No 4, October 2000

Women in Politics, Palestinian Women: A status report, Women’s Studies Institute, Bir Zeit University, 2000

Ismail al-Nashef

Ph.D. in Linguistic and Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. . His revised Ph.D. dissertation entitled Resistive Margins: Identity, community, and text among Palestinian political captives will be published by Routledge in 2007.  

His area of interests include: on the theoretical level as well as on the empirical one. The intersections of language, broadly conceived, society and culture, investigating the concept of expressive culture through studying ideology and aesthetic as the domains in which linguistic and other signification systems are deployed in the Palestinian context, in particular, and colonial conditions, in general..

Selected publications:

The Probable Field: Knowledge Production in Palestine. Ramallah: Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the study of Democracy. (forthcoming 2007).

Opening the Episteme: Modernity and Knowledge in Palestine. Mada Akhar (Cultural Journal)vol. 2, pp. 21-56, 2006.

Deconstructing Zionism: Space and Ideology in the Israeli City.  Ramallah: Abu Lughod Institute for International Studies, 2005.

        ‘The Structures of Revolutionary Practices: Palestinian political captives in Israeli Prisons’. In T. Ewing, (ed.) Revolution and Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives on educational foundations. NY: Palgrave Press, 2005.

“Attempts at Liberation: Body materialization and community building among Palestinian political captives”. Arab Studies Journal, vol. 7 & 8, pp. 46-79, 2005

Hadith, Short Stories. Jerusalem: al Salaam Publications, 1998.

Taba‘athur, Short Stories. Jerusalem: al Isra’a Publications, 1996

Jamil Hilal:

  M. Phil in political sociology from the University of Durham. Served as lecturer at the University of Durham, and was a research fellow at Oxford University.  He has published several books and numerous articles on political development, democratization, and the Palestinian political system after Oslo. His most recent books include The Formation of the Palestinian Elite, and The Palestinian Middle Class.

His area of interests include: range from dynamic Palestinian society, political parties, ramification of Israeli Palestinian conflict, Elite formation, political system, social movement, Israel strategies in Middle East.

Selected publications:

The Palestinian Middle Class Muwatin, The Palestinian institute for the study of Democracy, Ramallah, and Institute of Palestine Studies, Beirut, 2006.

Editor; Where Now to Palestine; the Demise of the Two States Solution, Z Books; January, 2006.

with Ilan Pappe’ editors ”Talking to the Enemy”, published by  BollatiBoringhiere, Torino, in 2004. In Italian 

 The Palestinian Political System after Oslo; A Critical Assessment (Muwatin, The Palestinian institute for the study of Democracy, Ramallah, and Institute of Palestine Studies, Beirut, 1998. re-published with an update in 2006.

 The Formation of the Palestinian Elite: From the Palestinian National Movement to the Rise of the Palestinian Authority. Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, 2002.

 Israel’s Economic Strategy in the Middle East .Institute of Palestine Studies, Beirut, 1995

Johnny Assi:

Ph.D. in Public law and political science from Jean Moulin University, Lyon, France. He is a lecturer at Birzeit University in International Studies and Democracy and Human Rights' Programs, and he is invited Professor at Institute of Political Studies, at Lumieres University in Lyon, France.

His area of interests include:  international law, democratization and its requisites, and comparative political development.  water and  Intrnational law. Transition to democracy,  Hegemony and law and international theory relation.

Selected publications:

International Relations since the end of the gold war: Theory and Ideology, Strategic Papers of Abu lughod Institute of International studies. Birzeit University, 2006

UNESCO's Report on "Human Rights Education in Palestinian Schools" (main drafter of "historical and cultural background of Human right's education in Palestine). 2006

Commentary to "Beyond the Armed Struggle", Strategic papers of Abu Lughod Institute of International Studies. Birzeit University. 2005 (in English)

The UN and the Dilemma of Multilateral diplomacy. Strategic papers of Abu Lughod Institute of International Studies. Birzeit University, 2004

Introduction to Political Transitions in the Arab World, edited by Roger Heacock, Second volume. Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute of International Studies. Birzeit University 2002 (in English)

Khalil Nakhleh

Ph.D in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.  He taught at several universities in the US and served as Executive Director of the Welfare Organization, and consultant to the EU. He has several books including most recently In Search of a Palestinian Identity: A personal Odyssey. At present he is working on a book on Palestinian higher education.

Selected publications:

The Myth of Palestinian Development: Political Aid and Sustainable Deceit. Ramallah:  Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, and the Institute of Jerusalem Studies (Arabic). 2004

 The New Mercenaries: Consolidation of an Ancient Model.  In The New Palestine, The New Europe.  Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute of International Studies, Birzeit University, pp. 7 – 12.

Development of Democratization in a Non-Sovereign Context: Palestine, presented to the Colloquium on “Transition to Democracy in the Middle East”, TAPRI Mediterranean Studies Project, University of Tampere, Finland, 11-14 October.

Indigenous Organizations in Palestine: Towards a Purposeful Societal Development.  Jerusalem: Arab Thought Forum. 1991 (An Arabic version was published in 1990


Laura Ribeiro Rodrigues Pereira:

(Advanced Studies Group) is an international law researcher currently working and living in New York. She has written on the legal consequences of the unilateral Buffer Zone in Gaza, the shortcomings of the UN's peacebuilding apparatus and the colonial roots of sovereignty in international law. She has previously lived and worked in Palestine where she researched and drafted interventions in the area of the right to education under occupation, arbitrary detention, and forced displacement. 

Lena Jayyusi:

Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Manchester. She is the author of Categorization and the Moral Order.  She taught at several universities in the US and the Arab world, and has published several articles and chapters in books on related topics, She is currently editing areader on Media and Democracy for Muwatin.

 Her area of interests include: Media and Society, Qualitative Research Methodology, Culture and Communication, Micro-Sociology of Knowledge, Discourse Analysis, and Identity: Discourses, Practices and Politics, Linguistic Philosophy, Global Studies.

Selected publications:

Categorization and the Moral Order, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, in their series: International Library of Phenomenology and the Moral Sciences, 1984. 

“Iterability, Cumulatively and Presence: The Relational Figures of Palestinian Memory”. In Ahmad Sa’di and Lila Abu-Lughod, eds. The Claims of Memory: Palestine 1948. Columbia University Press, 2007

"Between Saying and Showing: Making and Contesting Truth Claims in the Media", in B. Dupret and J.-N. Ferrié (Eds) Médias, guerres et identités. Les pratiques communicationnelles de l'appartenance politique, ethnique et religieuse (Media, Wars, and Identities: Communicational Practices of Political, Ethnic, and Religious Membership) Paris: CNRS Editions, Hermes series (in press).

“Communication and Consequence”. Review article for 2nd issue of Global Media and Communication Journal.  April 2006, Vol. 2, no. 1.

"Media, Power and Performativity". International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, January 2005, Vol. 1, No. 1

“Voicing the Nation: The Struggle over Palestinian Broadcasting”.Inter/Sections. July 2002.

“The Voice of Palestine and the Peace Process: Paradoxes in Media Discourse After Oslo”. In  After Oslo: New Realities, Old Problems, G. Giacaman and  D. J. Lonning (Eds.). Pluto Press, 1998

Linda Tabar

Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies and is co-author with Sari Hanafi of Donors, International Organizations, and Local NGOs.   She is also at work on a study on Palestinian Nationalism after Oslo and the Counter-Narratives within the Nation.  

Selected publications:

"Memory and Resistance in Jenin: Beyond Infrahumanity?" Critical Arts (Forthcoming: 2007).

With Sari Hanafi. Donors, International NGOs and Local NGOs: The Emergence of a Palestinian Globalized Elite. (Muwatin and Institute for Jerusalem Studies: Ramallah, 2005).

With Sari Hanafi. “Donor Assistance, Rent-Seeking and Elite Formation.” Mushtaq Khan and George Giacaman (eds.) Corruption and State Formation in Palestine. (Routledge: London, 2004).

With Sari Hanafi. “The Intifada and the Aid Industry: the Impact of the New Liberal Agenda and the Palestinian NGOs.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 23: 1&2 (2003).

“Jenin Refugee Camp: A Model of National Regrouping.” Between the Lines,  March 2003


Musa Budeiri

Ph.D in political science from the London School of Economics University of London. He taught at several universities in the US and at Birzeit University. He authored several books, articles, and chapters in books, and at present he is finishing a book-length study on the rise and development of Hamas

Selected publications:

The Palestine Communist Party 1919-1948: Arab And Jew In The Struggle For Internationalism. London 1979

The Development of the Arab Labour Movement in Palestine: A Historical Introduction and Collected Documents 1919-1948.  Beirut 1981.

”Democracy and Regime Survival in   Jordan” in May Jayyusi (ed.): Liberation, Democratization, & Transitions to Statehood in the Third World
Muwatin. Ramallah, Palestine. 1998

“Defeat and victory:  thirty years since the 1967 war” in Haim Gordon ed.Looking Back at the June 1967 War. Praeger. Westport. Connecticut. 1999

“A Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold: The Battle for Jerusalem in the Memoirs of Anwar Nusseibeh” in Jerusalem Quarterly File Double Issue 11-12, 2001

Nasser Abourahme:

(Advanced Studies Group) is a doctoral candidate at MESAAS, Columbia University where he works in political theory and urban studies.  He is also a Special Features editor at the journal CITY, where many of his publications appear. His main doctoral research, which makes a case for the political histories of everyday building matter, focuses on a theoretical and historical account of the Palestinian refugee camp as a way of reading Palestine’s colonial encounter.


Nicola Perugini:

(Advanced Studies Group)  is an anthropologist who is currently Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, where he teaches at Middle East Studies and Italian Studies. Perugini has taught at the International Relations Department at American University of Rome (2008-2009) and taught at and directed the Al Quds Bard College Human Rights Program in Jerusalem (2010-2014). In 2012-2013 Perugini has been a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). In 2015 his book The Human Right to Dominate will be published by Oxford University Press in the Studies in Culture and Politics Series. His current research and new book project focuses on the politics of human shielding and the history of the category of human shield.

Raja Bahlul: 

Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He  has taught at several universities in the US, Arab countries, and Palestine, and is the author of several books including On the Relation Between Democracy and Secularism, as well as many papers and chapters in books

His areas of interests include: Social and Political Thought: Democracy, Feminism, Islamic Political Thought. Islamic Philosophy: Ghazali, Avicenna, Averroes. Metaphysics: Identity, Individuation, Predication. Philosophy of Science: Explanation

Selected publications:

“Palestine-in-the-Mediterranean: History, Culture and Political Future", inL'alternativa mediterranea, ed. Danilo Zolo. Milan: Feltrenelli, 2006

(With Paul Salem and Georg Fedtke) Constitutions and Constitutional Rule: First Principles. Amman: Frederic von Nauman Foundation, 2005. (Arabic).

From Jihad to Peaceful Co-existence: The Development of Islamic Views on Politics and International Relations. Birzeit: The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (Strategic Papers Series), 2003. (English).

Popular Sovereignty, Divine Sovereignty: On the Relation Between Democracy and Secularism. Amman: Dar al-Shorouq, 2000.(Arabic).

Women and Democracy in Liberal Feminist Thought.  Ramallah: The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, 1998. (Arabic).

Education and Democracy. Ramallah: The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, 1997. (Arabic)

Sari Hanafi

Ph.D. in Sociology from EHESS-Paris, and taught at various universities including The American University of Beirut where he is at present Visiting Associate Professor. He was formerly director of Palestinian Refugee and Diaspora Centre, Shaml. He is the author of several books including most recently, Donors, International organizations, local NGOs. Emergence of the Palestinian Globalized Elite. with Linda Taber. (Arabic and English).  

His areas of interests include: Economic sociology and network analysis of the Palestinian Diaspora and refugees.  Sociology of migration (mainly about the Palestinian refugees). Relationships between Diaspora and center, sociology of return migration, transnationalism, sociology of the new actors in international relations (NGOs and international NGOs), civil society; elite formation; paradigms and methodology in social sciences.

Selected publications:

with S. Bennéfissa, N. Abdel Fattah and C. Milani eds. NGOs and Governance in the Arab WorldIssues, Problems and Case Studies. Cairo: American University of Cairo Press. 2005, also published in Arabic, Cairo: Center of Political and Strategic Studies of Al Ahram. 2004

 Co editor with Sarah Bennéfissa, Pouvoir et associations dans le monde arabe, Paris: CNRS. 2002

Huna wa hunak : nahwa tahlil lil ‘alaqa bin al-shatat al-falastini wa al markaz(Here and There: Towards an Analysis of the Relationship between the Palestinian Diaspora and the Center), Ramallah : Muwatin,  Jerusalem : Institute of Jerusalem Studies (distribution Beirut : Institute  of Palestine Studies). 2001

Business Directory of Palestinian in the Diaspora, Jerusalem: Biladi, (In English, French and Arabic). 1998

Taleb Awad: 

Ph.D. in economics and High Diploma in Political Science from Acadamic Social Science in Sofia, Bulgaria.  He is now teaching in the Democracy and Human Rights program, Birziet University. He is the author of several books including Parliamentary Elections in Jordan, and has contributed several chapters to books and journals.

 His area interests include: electoral systems and internal democratization of political parties.

Selected publications:

with Sameeh Shbeeb.  The Internal Democracy of Palestinian Political Parties. . Muwatin, the Palestinian institute for the study of Democracy. 2006

with Ahmad Majdalani. The Palestinian Electoral System: An Analysis of its Possible Impact on Elections. Muwatin, the Palestinian institute for the study of Democracy, 2004

Democratic Transformation in Jordan: 1989- 1999. Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, 2000

Jordanian European Economic Relations. Aman, 1994


Xavier Guignard:

(Advanced Studies Group)  is a last year PhD candidate in Political Science at Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University since 2011. He was based in Jerusalem for two years at the French Institute for Near East Studies (Ifpo) as a recipient of a full PhD scholarship, and a fellow visiting Assistant Professor at the Al-Quds Bard College (Palestine) until December 2014.  His research focuses on the emergence of technical expertise in the making of Palestinian diplomacy during the last decade.




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