I am an Assistant Professor of Global Studies in the School of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. During the 2018-2019 academic year I served as a Postdoctoral Scholar - Teaching Fellow in the Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and I also hold an MA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Arabic from the University of California, Los Angeles.
A political and cultural geographer by training, I study territorial conflict and land - both societies' connections to land and various means of control over it - primarily in Israel/Palestine. My research examines the construction of home(land) in contested territory, everyday life in conflict zones, material and discursive mechanisms of territorial control, and how the construction of belonging for one group depends on the displacement and dispossession of another. My use of ethnographic and qualitative methods is aimed at representing the world in a way that captures subjects' understandings, feelings, and choices, while applying a critical eye to the reality they perceive and seek to (re)produce.
August 2019 - Will begin my position as Assistant Professor of Global Studies in the School of Social, Behavioral & Global Studies at CSU Monterey Bay.
April 2019 - Invited panelist on American Geographical Society special session “100 Years After World War I: The Legacy as Seen in American Geography.” Co-panelists: Dr. Wes Reisser (US State Department & AGS Council), Dr. Alec Murphy (University of Oregon), Dr. George White (South Dakota State University). Discussant: Dr. Mona Domosh (Dartmouth).
April 2019 - Invited panelist on an "Author Meets Critics" session for Natalie Koch's book The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synecdoche, and the New Capitals of Asia at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
March 2019 - Organized and executed the Department of Middle East Studies’ annual conference, this year titled “Cities of Globalization.”
November 2018 - Lectured on my research into “Greenwashing the Occupation” for the Department of Middle East Studies at USC.
August 2018 - Began a new position as a postdoctoral fellow in the Middle East Studies Department at the University of Southern California.
June 2018 - Invited to be a panelist for the American Geographical Society's event "100 Years After World War I."
May 2018 - Presented "Unbounded Territoriality: Territorial Control in the Occupied West Bank" at the First International Graduate Student Conference in critical social science at Birzeit University in the West Bank, Palestine.
April 2018 - Invited panelist on an "Author Meets Critics" session for Gary Field's book Enclosure: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
September 2017 - Began a new position as Visiting Lecturer in Human Geography at Mount Holyoke College.
June 2017 - Successfully defended and filed my dissertation at UCLA.
June 2017 - Featured in UCLA College Magazine: Cover and full spread on "Women in the Social Sciences: The road to gender balance among tenure-track faculty." https://issuu.com/uclacollegecom/docs/cm_summer_2017