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Penelope MitchellPARC Executive Director: Penelope Mitchell
Penelope Mitchell has worked as a consultant in international development for 17 years. Her activities have centered on conceptualizing and writing large grant proposals for training programs in developing countries. The most recent projects include bringing Diaspora Sudanese back home to train colleagues in education and medical fields, ongoing work in Palestine to develop higher education initiatives, activities in Armenia to revitalize the countryside through programs centered on youth, and a worldwide initiative in democracy training. She spent several months over the last two years in Iraq working on a massive program to reconceptualize and revitalize the country's education system. Prior to her work as an independent consultant, she spent 10 years at the Academy for Educational Development managing human resource development activities in Botswana, Swaziland, India, Honduras and the Caribbean. She worked in financial management for Education Development Center, was logistics coordinator in Kenya for Earthwatch, and served as a department office manager at New York University. She also owned and operated a restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts for five years. She has an M.A. from New York University in TESOL, a B.A. in history from Stanford University, has studied in Italy, France and Mexico, and is working on a Ph.D. in anthropology at American University. She has published and presented papers on the topic of reentry of students into the workplace after long-term study abroad among numerous other topics related to the management of training programs. She is editor of a handbook for foreign universities, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, on how to develop and manage programs for visiting U.S. students and create partnerships with U.S. universities. Married for 21 years to a Palestinian, she and her family have been frequent visitors to the West Bank.


Ghada alMadbouhPARC Palestine Research Director:
Ghada alMadbouh
Dr. Ghada alMadbouh is PARC Palestine Director of Research. She is also a PARC alumni fellow and a previous acting director of PARC in 2007. AlMadbouh is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland/College Park with a PhD in Political Science, specializing in democratization, social movements, and political Islam. Her thesis was on the process of inclusion of Islamists in governance and the deployment of political violence with a case study of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas (1994-2007). AlMadbouh was a post-doctoral fellow at the program of "Europe in the Middle East-The Middle East in Europe" affiliated with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Free University in Berlin. The focus of her post-doctorate work was on the political thinking of Islamists beyond liberal categories. Since the beginning of 2012, she has been working as an assistant professor in the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department and the Political Science Department at Birzeit University. She is involved with the "Right to Education" Campaign at Birzeit and on several committees at the University. She is currently working on a paper about the Palestinian system and reconciliation or lack thereof. She has a keen interest in gender studies and was involved with the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Ramallah in 2005.


 

Board of Directors

 

Dr. Julie PeteetPARC President: Dr. Julie Peteet is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Louisville. Her research has focused on Palestinian displacement, refugee camps, space and identity, mobility, and the policy of closure in the West Bank. She has authored three books: Space and Mobility in Palestine (Indiana University Press, 2017); Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); and Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement (Columbia University Press, 1991). She has published in a variety of journals including Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Refugee Studies, Signs, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Survival, Social Analysis, Journal of Palestine Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Middle East Report as well as contributed numerous chapters in edited volumes. Her research has been funded by SSRC, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright, the Mellon Foundation, CAORC, and PARC. She served on the Editorial Board of MERIP for many years and was an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.


Dr Ilana FeldmanPARC Vice-President: Dr. Ilana Feldman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (Duke University Press, 2008) and Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule (Stanford University Press, 2015); and co-editor (with Miriam Ticktin) of In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (Duke University Press, 2010). Her current project traces the Palestinian experience with humanitarianism in the years since 1948, exploring both how this aid apparatus has shaped Palestinian social and political life and how the Palestinian experience has influenced the broader post-war humanitarian regime.


Dr Kimberly KatzPARC Treasurer: Dr. Kimberly Katz is associate professor of Middle East History at Towson University in Maryland. She earned her Ph.D., a joint degree in History and Middle Eastern Studies, from New York University in 2001. Katz is the author of two books: Jordanian Jerusalem: Holy Places and National Spaces (University Press of Florida, 2005) and A Young Palestinian’s Diary: The Life of Sami ‘Amr (University of Texas Press, 2009), which will be translated into Arabic this year. She has also published articles in The Muslim World, Comparative Studies in South Africa, Asia and the Middle East, The Journal of Social Affairs and in the Arabic-language journal Hawliyyat al-Quds. Katz has reviewed manuscripts for The Levant; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History; Radical History Review; Arab Studies Journal; Prentice-Hall (textbooks); University Press of Florida; Routledge; and Journal Archives de sciences sociales des religions and grant applications for ACOR-NEH and PARC.
Dr. Judith TuckerPARC Secretary: Dr. Judith Tucker is a professor of history and director of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies Program at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Her research interests focus on the Arab world in the Ottoman period, women and gender in Middle East history, and Islamic law, women, and gender. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies and former Editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Tucker is the author of many publications on the history of women and gender in the Arab world, including Women in 19th Century Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 1985), In the House of the Law: Gender and Islamic Law in Ottoman Syria and Palestine (California University Press, 1998), and Women, Family, and Gender in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2008). She is also the co-author of Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Restoring Women to History (Indiana University Press, 1999). In addition, Tucker is the editor of Arab Women: Old Boundaries, New Frontiers Indiana University Press, 1993) and co-editor of A Social History of Women and Gender in the Modern Middle East (Westview Press, 1999).


Dr Mary Ellen LaneMember: Dr. Mary Ellen Lane served as Executive Director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers for 28 years until her retirement in 2014. She worked to create new research opportunities for American and host-country scholars, expanded programming, and built a broad and strong constituency. She secured support for existing centers and worked to establish centers in areas of the world where research and collaborative opportunities were lacking. In concert with American and host-country scholars and officials, she established and made viable research centers in West Africa, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Cambodia, Palestine, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and raised CAORC membership from eight to 24 centers in 26 countries. Dr. Lane received a doctorate in Egyptology from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. She sits on the governing boards of eight overseas research centers and serves as Vice-Chair of the Hollings Center for International Dialogue. She consults on institutional management and program development.


Dr Zachary LockmanMember: Dr. Zachary Lockman is professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) and History at New York University, where he has taught modern Middle Eastern history since 1995. He was chair of MEIS from 2004 to 2010 and has also served as director of NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. He served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 2006-2007 and is a member of MESA’s Committee on Academic Freedom; he is also a contributing editor of Middle East Report. His main research and teaching field is the social, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, especially Palestine and Egypt. His most recent book is Contending Visions of the Middle East: the History and Politics of Orientalism (2004; 2nd edition, 2009). Other books include Comrades and Enemies: Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948 (1996); Intifada: the Palestinian Uprising against Israeli Occupation (co-edited with Joel Beinin, 1989) and Workers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam, and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954 (co-authored with Joel Beinin, 1987). He received his B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton in 1974 and his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard in 1983.


Dr. Najwa al-QattanMember:Dr. Najwa al-Qattan is associate professor of history at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from AUB, a M.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown, and a Ph.D. in History and Middle East Studies from Harvard University, and is the recipient of awards and grants from SSRC, MESA, TSA, and the NEH. She has published articles on the Ottoman Muslim court, the Jews and Christians of the empire, and the Ottoman Great War in journals and books, including the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Comparative Studies in Society and History. She has also served on award committees for the Middle East Studies Association and the Turkish Studies Association.
Dr Sherene SeikalyMember: Dr. Sherene Seikaly is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Seikaly is the editor of the Arab Studies Journal, co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya e-zine, an editor of Journal of Palestine Studies, a policy member of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, and an advisory member of R-Shief Online Archive Project. Seikaly's Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body. She has published in academic journals such as International Journal of Middle East Studies and Journal of Middle East Women's Studies as well as in online venues including Jadaliyya, Mada Masr, and 7iber.


Dr. Susan SlyomovicsMember: Dr. Susan Slyomovics is professor of Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, and director of the G. E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are gender, visual anthropology and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Her publications include Clifford Geertz in Morocco, editor (Routledge, 2010); Waging War and Making Peace: Reparations and Human Rights, co-editor (Left Coast Press, 2008); The Performance of Human Rights in Morocco (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); and The Object of Memory: Arab and Jew Narrate the Palestinian Village (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).


Dr. Rebecca SteinMember: Dr. Rebecca L. Stein is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Women's Studies at Duke University. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 1999. Her research studies Israeli cultural politics in the context of the Israeli occupation, the history of Israeli state formation, and the legacy of Palestinian dispossession. She is the author of Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006), and coeditor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg. She is currently working on Digital Occupations – a book project that studies linkages between new media and militarism in Israel, with a focus on how social media is changing the contours of military occupation. Portions of this work have recently been published in Middle East Report, the London Review of Books blog, and Critical Inquiry (online forum on the 'Arab Spring'). Stein's work on Israeli cultural politics has appeared in such journals as The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Social Text, Public Culture, Theory and Event, Journal of Palestine Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.


Dr Helga Tawil-SouriMember: Dr. Helga Tawil-Souri is is Associate Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication and in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. She is also the Director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. Her work deals with issues of technology, media, culture, territory and politics in the Middle East, and especially Palestine-Israel. She has researched and written on Arab media; Palestinian cinema, television, video games and popular culture; on telecommunications and internet infrastructure and development in the Palestinian Territories; as well as on cultural/territorial politics in Palestine-Israel including analyzing checkpoints as cultural and economic spaces, identification cards as material artifacts and territorially-bordering mechanisms. Most recently she co-edited Gaza as Metaphor (Hurst 2016).

Palestine Advisory Board

Dr. Ammar Al-DwaikMember: Dr. Ammar Al-Dwaik is the General Director of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), a Palestinian lawyer, and a part-time professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at Birzeit University. Al-Dwaik holds Ph.D. in Social Policy and Management from Brandeis University, Master's in Law and Government from America University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor's in Law from Al-Yarmouk University in Jordan. He has long and diverse experience in elections management, human rights, good governance, and access to justice. He is a co-founder of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) and was its Chief Electoral Officer from 2004-2006, during which time he led the CEC executive body through the Palestinian presidential elections of 2005 and the legislative elections of 2006. Additionally he served with the UNDP in Sudan as electoral specialist seconded to advise the Sudanese Elections Commission. Al-Dwaik is an author and co-author of numerous legal studies and reports and policy papers. In addition, he drafted and co-drafted many draft laws and bylaws, including the Palestinian Local Elections Law, the Palestinian Public Assembly Law, and the Palestinian NGOs and Public Associations Bylaw. Al-Dwaik participated, along with chief electoral officers and chief justices from several South and North countries, in drafting the Accra Principles for Electoral Justice.


Dr. Honaida GhanimMember: Dr. Honaida Ghanim is the General Director of The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) in Ramallah. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from the Hebrew University with distinction (Suma Cum Laude), and lectures at various Palestinian universities. She has published various articles and studies in the fields of political and cultural sociology and gender studies. Her book, Reinventing the Nation: Palestinian Intellectuals in Israel (in Hebrew), was published by the Hebrew University Magnes Press in 2009. She was the editor of On Recognition of the "Jewish State" (in English), published by MADAR in 2014, and a co-editor of On the Meaning of a Jewish State (Arabic), published by MADAR in 2011. She was also the chief editor of the Qadaya Israelieh Journal (2000-2011). Since 2009 she has been the chief editor of MADAR's Strategic Report.


Penny JohnsonMember: Penny Johnson is an associate editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly (Institute of Palestine Studies) where she also contributes occasional reviews and essays, including a political and environmental history of camels in Palestine. She began working at Birzeit University in 1982 for the University's human rights and prisoners committee and was a founding member of the University's Institute of Women's Studies, writing on Palestinian women, family and social relations in Palestinian society. She is particularly fond of writing about weddings in wartime, as well as very strong Palestinian women, and occasionally gets absorbed in issues of family law, social policy and violence. She was a staff writer and member of the Human Rights Committee of the Palestinian delegation to the 1991-1993 bilateral negotiations in Washington. After the Palestinian Authority was established, she served on the first and only National Commission to Eradicate Poverty. With Raja Shehadeh, she edited (and contributed to) Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home (2013), which won the 2013 Palestine Book Award, and Shifting Sands: The Unraveling of the Old Order in the Middle East (2015), which was launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Carol KhouryMember: Carol Khoury is the Managing Editor of Jerusalem Quarterly, and a free-lance editor and translator with several published works. She previously held numerous positions with local and international civil society organizations and philanthropic initiatives. Her research interests include social history, translation theory, linguistics, food semiotics, communism in Palestine, and the environment.


Dr. Khaldoun NijemMember: Dr. Khaldoun Nijem is an assistant professor of Epidemiology at Hebron University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oslo in 2002. Nijem has published 18 articles in several international journals including American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Human Reproduction, Environmental Health, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Nijem was the coordinator of several projects on epidemiology in Palestine. He was an external examiner for several master's theses at Al Quds University and a co-supervisor for several Ph.D. students during the joint project between Hebron University and the University of Oslo. He is now the Chair of the Biology Department at Hebron University.


 

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