I am a cultural anthropologist at Duke University researching linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occupation 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; (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 -- generating shifts in the everyday terms of soldiering, remediating the civilian relationship to the occupied Palestinian population, 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, 2015) -- studied the place of social media within this equation. My current book project -- Captured: Israeli Military Rule On Camera - considers the role of new photographic technologies and associated seeing practices within this framework, with a focus on how the smartphone camera has altered this political landscape. This multi-book project has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Palestinian American Research Council, and the Trent Foundation.
Portions of this work have published in Current Anthropology, Critical Inquiry, Anthropological Quarterly, Middle East Report, and the London Review of Books. My work on Israeli cultural politics has appeared in such journals as Public Culture, Social Text, The International Journal of Middle East Studies,Theory and Event, Journal of Palestine Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.