February 7 and 8, 2019

Environmental Justice in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank

Environmental Justice in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank

Participant Biographies

PARTICIPANT BIOGRAPHIES

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Fellow in the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University (2018-2019). She is the recipient of Leonhard-Woltjer Stichting postdoctoral award (2018) at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her work has been published in Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto (2018) and the Visual Anthropology Review Journal (2017), among others.

Netta Amar-Shiff

Netta Amar-Shiff

Netta Amar-Shiff

Netta Amar-Shiff (coauthor with Yiftachel) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben-Gurion University. Her research focuses on the legal geography of Bedouins in the West Bank and the Negev, focusing on the prohibition on forcible displacement in international law. Amar-Shiff completed her LLM in International Law Studies, American University and her LL.B. in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Since 1998 she has been working as a human rights lawyer with expertise in land and spatial planning of Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

Amahl Bishara

Amahl Bishara

Amahl Bishara

Amahl Bishara (coauthor with Durant) is associate professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. Her research revolves around media, settler colonialism, expressivity, and place. She is the author of Back Stories: U.S. News and Palestinian Politics (2013)—an ethnography of the production of U.S. news during the second Palestinian intifada. She is currently writing a book on the different conditions of expression for and exchange between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank. This research is part of a larger project about popular politics in the Aida Refugee Camp.

Irus Braverman

Irus Braverman

Irus Braverman

Irus Braverman is professor of law and adjunct professor in geography at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Her books include Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (2009), Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (2012) and Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (2015). Her recent monograph, Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink (2018) draws on interviews with one hundred coral scientists to explore the emotional and professional challenges facing these scientists in today’s political and physical climate.

Assaf Harel

Assaf Harel

Assaf Harel

Assaf Harel is an Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at Binghamton University. He is a sociocultural anthropologist who conducted ethnographic fieldwork among Israeli settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. His work examines relations between Jewish Messianism and settlement practices.

Natalia Gutkowski

Natalia Gutkowski

Natalia Gutkowski

Natalia Gutkowski is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She is currently completing her book manuscript “Government of Time: Israeli Sustainable Agriculture Policy and the Palestinian Citizens’ Agrarian Survival.” Her second research project, “Species Re-making Borders,” focuses on the contestation and reinforcement of borders and power through animal bodies in Israel-Palestine and Jordan.

Omar Jabary Salamanca

Omar Jabary Salamanca

Omar Jabary Salamanca

Omar Jabary Salamanca is an FWO Research Fellow and Lecturer at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also a Research Associate of the Observatoire des Mondes Arabe et Musulman at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His work lies at the intersection of urban studies, settler colonialism, political economy, and Middle East studies. Drawing on the histories and geographies of road and electricity infrastructure in Palestine, his dissertation examined the ways these socio-technical networks are constructed, imagined and governed but also how they are experienced and contested

Gabi Kirk

Gabi Kirk

Gabi Kirk

Gabi Kirk is a PhD student in Geography at University of California, Davis. Working between political ecology, feminist studies, and transnational settler-colonial studies, her dissertation project examines how Palestinian farmers and sustainable development institutions in the northern West Bank use agro-ecological practices in order to challenge normative notions of sovereignty. She is interested in the contested nature of indigeneity in Palestine-Israel and plans to work on the new wave of Zionist claims to “Jewish indigeneity” in a future project.

Hagar Kotef

Hagar Kotef

Hagar Kotef

Hagar Kotef is associate professor of political theory and comparative political thought at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, The University of London. She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Duke University Press, 2015). 

Emily McKee

Emily McKee

Emily McKee

Emily McKee is assistant professor at Northern Illinois University in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy. Specializing in environmental and Middle East anthropology, with a focus on political ecology, McKee conducts research in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the United States

Anne Meneley

Anne Meneley

Anne Meneley

Anne Meneley is Professor of Anthropology at Trent University in Canada. She published in various venues, including American Anthropologist, Annual Review of Anthropology, Anthropologica, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnos, Food, Culture & Society, Food and Foodways, Gastronomica, and Jerusalem Quarterly. Meneley’s recent work deals with forms of agro-resistance, including the role of Palestinian olive oil in acts of resistance to Israeli occupation.

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins is assistant professor of anthropology at Bard College. Her publications include essays in Comparative Studies of South Asia, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Jerusalem Quarterly, Anthropology News and the New Centennial Review. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her first book project, Waste Siege: Improvisation, Precarity and Infrastructure in Twenty-First Century Palestine, examined the politics of waste and infrastructure in Palestine and her current research investigates how the meanings and practices of work have changed under conditions of crisis and austerity in Greece.

Omar Imseeh Tesdell

Omar Imseeh Tesdell

Omar Imseeh Tesdell

Omar Imseeh Tesdell is assistant professor of geography at Birzeit University. His research explores agro-ecological transformation in the Middle East and North America. His work has been published recently in Geoforum, IJMES, NACLA Report on the Americas, and Jerusalem Quarterly. Tesdell is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the spatial relationship of cultivation and sovereignty in Palestine. Additionally, he is leading a landscape agro-ecology research project called Makaneyyat, which is based in Palestine.

Erez Tzfadia

Erez Tzfadia

Erez Tzfadia

Erez Tzfadia is associate professor of public policy and administration at Sapir College, Israel. His work focuses on spatial policy and politics. He was an Israel Institute Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University (2015-6), and he headed the department of public policy and administration at Sapir Collage (2011-5). Tsfadia is the chairperson of BIMKOM – Planners for Human Rights (an Israeli NGO).

Oren Yiftachel

Oren Yiftachel

Oren Yiftachel

Oren Yiftachel (coauthor with Amar-Shiff) is a political and legal geographer who holds the Hurst Family Chair of Urban studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Yiftachel has published widely, using critical perspectives to explore the interface of power, space, and identities. His recent coauthored book (with Kedar and Amara) Emptied Lands: The Legal Geography of Bedouins Rights was released in 2018 with Stanford University Press. Yiftachel combines academia and activism, being a founder and key member of leading civil society organizations, including Adva, B’tselem (chair 2011-2014) and, most recently, the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement A Land for All.