I am a cultural anthropologist at Duke University researching linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occcupation and legacy of the Palestinian dispossession. My current work considers the place of new media within the contemporary Israeli political landscape.
I am 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, and the coeditor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006).
I am currently working on two books that consider the relationship between new media technologies and the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. The first -- When Instagram Went to War: Israel's Occupation in the Age of Social Media (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; forthcoming from Stanford University Press) -- studies the ways that social media is changing the Israeli relationship to its military occupation, both for those in its armed forces, both on and off the battlefield, and for Israeli civilians in the course of their everyday lives. The second -- Viral Occupation: Digitality, Visuality, and Israeli Military Rule -- considers how digital camera technologies and networked images have changed everyday Israeli perceptions of its military occupation and queries the capacity for Palestinians under occupation to challenge military rule through the visual language of social media. Both projects chart the ways that new technologies are changing the fabric of the Israeli militarized everyday, are being employed by the Israeli state for means of 'counterinsurgency', and are remaking the terrain of human rights work and anti-occupation activism within Israel. These projects have been supported by grants from the Wenner Gren foundation and Palestinian American Research Council.
Portions of this work have recently been published in such outlets as Critical Inquiry, Anthropolological Quarterly, Middle East Report, and the London Review of Books blog. My 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.