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. I am the author of Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; Stanford University Press, 2015), which studies the ways that social media has altered the Israeli relationship to its military occupation, in both state and civilian contexts; 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; the coeditor of Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg; and the co-editor of The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006).
I am currently continuing work on a multi-book project about the ways that new media and communication technologies are recalibrating the Israeli relationship to its military occupation -- altering military logics of 'counterinsurgency', generating shifts in the everyday terms of soldiering, changing the Israeli civilian relationship to Palestinians under occupation, and remaking the terrain of human rights work within Israel. My first book on this topic -- Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (with Adi Kuntsman) -- studied the place of social media within this equation. My second book project -- Viral Occupation: Military Rule On Camera - considers the role of photographic technologies and viral image networks within this framework, with a focus on how the smartphone camera has altered this political landscape. 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 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.