I am a cultural anthropologist at Duke University whose research investigates linkages between culture and politics in contemporary Israel in the context of the Israeli military occcupation and the legacy of the Palestinian dispossession.
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 linkages between new information and communication technologies and the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. The first -- Another War Zone: Social Media and Military Occupation in Israel and Palestine (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; under contract with Stanford University Press) -- studies the ways that social media is changing the Israeli relationship to its military occupation. The second -- Viral Occupation: How New Technologies Have Changed the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict -- charts the longer history of new technologies in the Israeli military context, with a focus on the role of digital cameras, cellphones, and viral video and photographic circuits in this relationship. In the broadest terms, these projects chart the ways that new technologies are being used by the Israeli state for both international PR and counterinsurgency within the occupation context, and how, in turn, these digital tools are remaking the terrain of human rights work and anti-occupation activism within Israel. Portions of this work have recently been published in Middle East Report, the London Review of Books blog, Critical Inquiry (online forum on the 'Arab Spring'), and Anthropological Quarterly. 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.