Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace

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Advisory Committee


Ali Abunimah Islah Jad Dorit Namaan
Meron Benvenisti David Kretzmer John B. Quigley
Leila Farsakh Ian Lustick Sammy Smooha
Daphna Golan-Agnon Elia Zureik


Ali Abunimah
Ali Abunimah is author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books, 2006), has contributed to several other volumes and written dozens of articles on the question of Palestine. He is a Fellow at the Palestine Center in Washington DC. He is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, an online publication about Palestine and the Palestine-Israeli conflict that is read by over 65,000 individuals worldwide every month. He is currently researching the lessons of the Northern Ireland peace process for a settlement in Palestine-Israel.

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Meron Benvenisti
Independent Researcher and Writer

Dr. Meron Benvenisti served as a deputy mayor of Jerusalem under Teddy Kollek from 1971 to 1978, during which he administered East Jerusalem and served as Jerusalem's Chief Planning Officer. He is a medieval scholar and published books and maps on the Crusader period in the Holy Land. In 1984 he founded the West Bank Database Project, documenting social, economic, and political developments in the West Bank. Since 1992 he devotes his time to teaching-- as visiting scholar (Ben Gurion U. 1994-1998 , Johns Hopkins SAIS 1982-2002), research and writing on Jerusalem, Northern Ireland conflict, Israeli- Palestinian relations, Palestinian vanished landscape and binationalism. Since 1991 he writes a column for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper. He holds a doctorate from Harvard's Kennedy School.

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Leila Farsakh
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Leila Farsakh is assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (2003), an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990), and a B.A from the University of Exeter in the UK (1989). She has worked with a number of international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1993-1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998-1999). Between 2003 and 2004 she undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.


Dr. Farsakh has published on questions related to Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo Process, international migration and regional integration in a wide range of journals, including the Middle East Journal, the European Journal of Development Research, Journal of Palestine Studies and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her book, Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, was published by Routledge Press in fall 2005. Her latest publications include editing Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba, for the Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, in Spring 2008. In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Prof. Farsakh holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, and an M.Phil from Cambridge University, UK.

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Daphna Golan-Agnon
Research Associate
Minerva Center for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Golan-Agnon is a Research Associate at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She coordinates an Israeli-Palestinian research group on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice.

Since 1999, she has established and taught two fellowship programs at the Hebrew University: The Human Rights Fellows Program of The Minerva Center for Human Rights, at the Law School, and The Fellowship Program for Gender Equality and the Prevention of Violence against Women. Both programs aim to afford students the opportunity to serve wider society while developing their understanding of human rights, Israeli society and the problems that exist within it. These fellowship programs provide Jewish and Arab students a rare opportunity to study together and to engage in a dialogue on their responsibility to promote social justice and human rights in their communities. Both programs have served as models for other higher institutions in Israel.

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Islah Jad
Women's Studies Institute, Birzeit University

Dr. Islah Jad is currently the director of the Women's Studies Institute at Birzeit University. She also teaches as the Cultural Studies Department at Birzeit University. She is a founding member of the Women's Studies Institute at Birzeit University. Professor Jad is an expert on gender issues, and she advised a number of departments of the Palestinian Authority on the issue of women involvement and gender awareness. She is also a global research theme convener on "Building Constituencies for Women's Empowerment" at the University of Sussex.

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David Kretzmer
Louis Marshall Professor of Environmental Law
Faculty of Law, Hebrew University

David Kretzmer is a professor of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, Tulane University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies of London University, and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Foreign Law in Heidelberg.

He was the founding director of the Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University and from 1997-2002 served as Director of the Minerva Centre for Human Rights of the Hebrew and Tel Aviv Universities. Professor Kretzmer was member of the UN Human Rights Committee from 1995-2002, and vice-chairperson in 2001 and 2002. In addition, he was Founding Member and Past Chairperson of the Board, Association for Civil Rights in Israel; and has served as Member of Board, Hamoked, Center for Defense of the Individual; Member of Executive Board, B'Tselem, The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Commissioner; International Commission of Jurists Legal Commentator as well as Jerusalem Post Contributing Editor, Jerusalem Report.

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Ian Lustick
Professor, Bess W. Heyman Chair
Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Ian S. Lustick is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania where he holds the Bess W. Heyman Chair.

He is a founder and past President of the Association for Israel Studies, and a former President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. He is the originator of the PS-I computational modeling platform and a leader in the application of agent-based modeling techniques to problems in the social sciences. In 1979-80 Dr. Lustick worked as a Middle East analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Since then he has been consulted on Middle East affairs, foreign policy, and intelligence techniques by every administration, including projects, lectures, and consultancies for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and National Security Council.

His current research focuses on aspects of the long-term dynamics of the Israeli-Arab conflict as well as development and applications of agent-based modeling techniques to the solution of problems pertaining to identitarian conflict, political cascades, and political violence. Professor Lustick has received support for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the United States Institute of Peace.

He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Middle East Studies Association, the Association for Israel Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Dorit Namaan
Department of Film and Media, Queen's University

Dorit Namaan is a film theorist and documentarist from Jerusalem, and is currently the Alliance Atlantis Professor in the Film Studies Department at Queen's University, Canada. Her research focuses on Middle Eastern cinema (primarily from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives), and she is working on a book on the visual representation of Palestinian and Israeli women fighters (forthcoming, U. of Texas Press). Her documentary work is about identity politics, and politics of representation and she developed a format of short videos, DiaDocuMEntaRY.

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John B. Quigley
Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Before joining the Ohio State faculty in 1969, Professor Quigley was a research scholar at Moscow State University, and a research associate in comparative law at Harvard Law School. Professor Quigley teaches International Law and Comparative Law. Professor Quigley holds an adjunct appointment in the Political Science Department. In 1982-83 he was a visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Professor Quigley is active in international human rights work. In 1995 he was recipient of The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award.

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Sammy Smooha
Faculty of Social Sciences, Haifa University

Sammy Smooha is a Professor of Sociology at Haifa University, and he is currently serving as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Professor Smooha's research focuses on internal divisions in the Israeli society, mainly Arabs and Jews in Israel and Mizrahim and Ashkenazim. His research interests include nationalism, democracy, management of ethnic conflicts and immigration, He is an expert on comparative ethnic relations, and has published extensively in that area. Professor Smooha has been teaching at Haifa University since 1974. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Brown University and UCLA.

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Elia Zureik
Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology, Queen's University

Elia Zureik (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Essex)) is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University, where he has been teaching since 1971. He is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on the Middle East, with special focus on the Israeli-Palestinian dimension of the conflict. His articles on the Middle East appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies; The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Third World Quarterly; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; Global Dialogue; International Journal of the Sociology of Law; Social Justice; Journal of Refugee Studies; Journal of Palestine Studies; Arab Studies Quarterly; and Dissent, among others. In addition to his research on the Middle East, Zureik's research involves studying the impact of computers and the internet on society.

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council