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 Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; forthcoming from Stanford University Press), which 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; 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 working on a new book project -- Viral Occupation: Israeli Military Rule and the Networked Camera - which considers how new digital photographic technologies and resultant images have changed everyday Israeli perceptions of its military occupation, and the history of such processes. This project builds on my prior work in Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age to consider 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.