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I am currently finishing up a stint as a Visiting Lecturer in Geography at Mount Holyoke College. In August 2018 I will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Middle East Studies at the University of Southern California. I received by PhD in Geography from UCLA, and I also hold an MA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco.

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.

 

Recent News

August 2018 - Begin 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 and keynote speaker for the American Geographical Society's event "100 Years After World War I."

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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. 

 Q&A after presenting "Unbounded Territoriality" at Birzeit University. 

Q&A after presenting "Unbounded Territoriality" at Birzeit University. 


April 2018 - 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. 

 Rassem Khamaisi (panelist), Linda Quiquivix (panelist), Lisa Bhungalia (panelist), me, Reece Jones (organizer), and Gary Fields (author). 

Rassem Khamaisi (panelist), Linda Quiquivix (panelist), Lisa Bhungalia (panelist), me, Reece Jones (organizer), and Gary Fields (author). 

 Delivering my comments on  Enclosure . 

Delivering my comments on Enclosure


September 2017 - Began a new position as Visiting Lecturer in Human Geography at Mount Holyoke College.

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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

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