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Associate Professor

Amahl Bishara is an associate professor of Anthropology at Tufts University and the director of minors in Colonialism Studies, Latino Studies & Asian American Studies within the Consoritium of Studies in Race, Colonialism & Diaspora. Her research revolves around media, settler colonialism, expressivity, and place. She is the author of Back Stories: U.S. News and Palestinian Politics (Stanford University Press 2013), an ethnography of the production of U.S. news during the second Palestinian intifada. She directed or co-directed the documentaries Across Oceans, Among Colleagues (2002), Degrees of Incarceration (2011), and Take My Pictures For Me (2016). Working with youth at Lajee Center, in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, she has co-produced two bi-lingual children’s books, The Boy and the Wall and The Aida Camp Alphabet. During 2017, she was an ACLS Burkhardt Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is writing a book on the different conditions of expression for and exchange between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank, tentatively entitled Permission to Converse: Laws, Bullets, and Other Roadblocks to a Palestinian Conversation. Her article “Driving While Palestinian in Israel and the West Bank: The Politics of Disorientation and the Routes of a Subaltern Knowledge” inaugurated this project. She has also published on Israel’s separation wall in Aida Refugee Camp and Palestinian protests against it.