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maya bainishe

Prof. Maya Benish-Weisman

Associate Professor
Room 512

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Maya Benish-Weisman


Higher Education

2008 – 2010 Postdoctoral Studies (The Psychology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

2008 – 2010 Postdoctoral Studies (Harris Early Child Development Training Center, Israel)

2007 – 2008 Postdoctoral Studies (Department of Psychology, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)

2002-2007 Ph.D., (Direct Track), Psychology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2000-2002 M.A., (in Clinical Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Magna Cum Laude(

1997-2000 B.A., (Psychology and Hebrew Literature (double major), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Magna Cum Laude(


Appointments at the Hebrew University

2020 current Senior Lecturer, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare ,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)

2016 – 2020 Senior Lecturer, The Head of Educational Counseling Program,

(Department of Counseling and Human Development, The University of Haifa)

2018 – 2019 Visiting Scholar, (Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA)

2014 – 2015 Visiting Scholar, (Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

2010 – 2016 Lecturer, (Department of Counseling and Human Development, The University of Haifa)


Editorial Positions

2020 current Counseling editor – European Journal of Personality

2020 Current Counseling editor – Developmental Psychology

2016 – 2020 Editorial board member of the Emerging Adulthood


Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)

2019 - 2022 ISF (Israel Science Foundation), “Socialization of Values in the Classroom: The Effect of Teachers’ Autonomy Support on Students’ Value Internalization and Behavior ” (with Moti Benita): 800,000 NIS.

2019 - 2022 BSF (The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation), “Mom, that`s not how things work here: Parent-youth acculturation discrepancies and their effects on family functioning and adjustment among immigrant families in the US and Israel ”(with Seth Schwartz), $300,000.

2017-2019 The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, Perceptual sensitivity as the missing link in the relations between gene-environment interactions and anxiety (with Bat-Sheva Hadad), $50,000.


List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)

McDonald, K. L., Benish-Weisman, M., O’Brien, C. T., & Ungvary, S. (2015). The social values of aggressive-prosocial youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 2245-2256.

Benish-Weisman, M., Kerem, E., Knafo-Noam, A., & Belsky, J. (2015). The Moderating Role of Genetics: The Effect of Length of Hospitalization on Children’s Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 1-7.

Hasenfratz, L., Benish-Weisman, M., Steinberg, T., & Knafo, A. (2015). Temperament and peer problems from early to middle childhood: Gene-environment correlations with negative emotionality and sociability. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1089-1109.

Benish- Weisman, M., Daniel, E., Schiefer, D. Möllering, A. & Knafo- Noam, A., (2015). Multiple social identifications and adolescents’ self-esteem. Journal of Adolescence,44, 21-31.

Benish-Weisman, M. (2015). The interplay between values and aggression: Longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 51, 677-687.

Benish-Weisman, M., & McDonald., K. (2015). Private self-consciousness and gender moderate how adolescents' values relate to aggression. Social Development, 26, 766-781.

Benish-Weisman, M., (2016). Ethnic identity and aggression in adolescence: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescence, 47, 131-134.

Ungvary, S., McDonald, K. L. & Benish-Weisman, M. (2018). Identifying and distinguishing value profiles in American and Israeli adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 28, 294-309

Sher-Censor, E., Benish-Weisman, M., Gal, L., & Karni S. (2018). The associations between national identity and adjustment: What can we learn from autobiographical narratives? International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 67, 12-24.

Daniel, E., Benish-Weisman, M. (2019). Value development during adolescence: Dimension of change and stability. Journal of Personality, 87(3), 620-632.

Hadar, L., & Benish‐Weisman, M. (2019). Teachers’ agency: Do their values make a difference? British Educational Research Journal,‏ 45(1), 137-160.

Benish-Weisman, M., Daniel, D., Sneddon, J., & Lee, J. (2019). The relations between values and prosocial behavior among children: The moderating role of age. Personality and Individual Differences, 141, 241–247.

Shtapura-Ifrahs, M., & Benish-Weisman, M. (2019). Seeking the help of school counselors: Cross-cultural differences in mothers’ knowledge, attitudes, and help-seeking behavior. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 69, 110-119.‏

Benita, M., Benish-Weisman, M., Matos, L., & Torres, C. (2019). Integrative and suppressive emotion regulation differentially predict well-being through basic need satisfaction and frustration: A test of three countries. Motivation and Emotion, 44(1), 67-81.

Benish‐Weisman, M. (2019). What can we learn about aggression from what adolescents consider important in life? The contribution of values theory to aggression research. Child Development Perspectives. 13(4), 260-266.

Levin, L., Benish-Weisman, M., & Savaya, R., (2020). Value profiles and perceived job performance of social workers in Israel. The British Journal of Social Work. 50(2), 348-368.

Benish‐Weisman, M., Daniel, E., & McDonald, K. L. (2020). Values and adolescent self‐esteem: The role of value content and congruence with classmates. European Journal of Social Psychology. 50(1), 207-223. 3 citations.

Crocetti, E., Benish-Weisman, M. & McDonald, K. L. (2020). Validation of the Arabic and Hebrew versions of the Utrecht-Management of Identity Commitments Scale (U-MICS). Journal of Adolescence, 79, 11-15.

Daniel, E., Benish-Weisman, M., Sneddon, J., & Lee, J. (in press). Value profiles during middle childhood: Developmental processes and social behavior. Child Development.

Schwartz, S. J., Walsh, S. D., Ward, C., Tartakovsky, E., Weisskirch, R. S., Vedder, P., …Benish-Weisman, M.... and the psychology of migration working group (in press). The role of psychologists in international migration research: Complementing other expertise and an interdisciplinary way forward. Migration Studies

Rubel – Lifschitz, T., Benish-Weisman, M., Torres, C., & McDonald, K. (in press). The revealing effect of power: Popularity moderates the associations of personal values with aggression in adolescence. Journal of Personality.

Daniel, E., Bardi, A., Fischer, R., Benish-Weisman, M., & Lee J. A., (in press). Changes in Personal Values in Pandemic Times. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Benish-Weisman, M., Oreg, S., & Berson, Y. (in press). The contribution of peer values to children’s values and behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Lavy, S., & Benish-Weisman, M. (2021). Character strengths as “values in action”: Linking character strengths with values theory–an exploratory study of the case of gratitude and self-transcendence. Frontiers in Psychology12,

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rana eseed

Dr. Rana Eseed

Room 527

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Rana Eseed



Higher Education

2018-2019 Postdoctoral Studies (Department of Welfare and Social Policy, University of Bath, England).

2012-2018 Ph.D., (Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel(

2008-2011 M.A., (Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel(

2004-2007 B.A., (Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel(


Awards and Excellence Scholarships (Within the Past Five Years)

2019-2012 MA`OF Fellowship, est. by the Kahanoff Foundation for outstanding Arab researchers.

2018 Council of Higher Education Fellowship Program for Outstanding Postdoctoral Researchers from the Arab Society.

2018 British Friends of the Hebrew University, fellowship for postdoctoral researchers.

2017-2018 Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity, scholarship for PhD candidates, Hebrew University.

2014- 2017 Hoffman PhD Leadership and Responsibility Fellowship Program, scholarship for Ph.D. candidates, Hebrew University.


Appointments at the Hebrew University

2019 Lecturer, Social work and social welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Additional Functions

2012  Present Executive member, ESPAnet Israel, the Forum for Social Policy Research in Israel.


Research Grants

2019 The Ralph Goldman Center for Judaism, Social Welfare and Ethics, The role of religion among Palestinian social workers in Israel, 30,000 NIS.


List of Publication


Books & Edited Books

Eseed, R. (PI) & Jawad, R. (PI) (In press). Social Policy and the Islamic World in Comparative Perspective: Taking Stock, Moving Forward


Journal Articles

Eseed, R. (2017). When the state fails to provide services: The case of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Journal of Social Policy, 47, 565-582. doi:10.1017/S0047279417000757.

Eseed, R.,(PI) & Khoury-Kassabri, M(PI). (2017). Alcohol use among Arab Muslim adolescents: A mediation-moderation model of family, peer and community factors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 88-98. doi: 10.1037/ort0000263.

Eseed, R. (2016). Parent’s choices of child daycare in the Palestinian society in Israel. Bitachon Soziali, 99, 35-61. (Hebrew).

Massarwi, A. A. (PI), Eseed, R.,(CI) & Khoury-Kassabri, M.(CI( (

Eseed, R. (PI) (2019). Social service provision by minority religious organizations: A case study of the Islamic Movement in Kafr Qassim. Journal of Social Policy, 49, 507-524. doi:10.1017/S004727941900062X

Eseed, R. (2019). The Islamic movement in Israel: Development and key features. Journal of Welfare and Society,4 ,609-633. (Hebrew(.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Zadok, I., Eseed, R. & Vazsonyi, A. (2020). Individual and familial factors as mediators and moderators of young children’s aggressive behavior. Children and Youth Service Review.

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Dr. Itay Greenspan

Dr. Itay Greenspan

Senior Lecturer
Room 533

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A nonprofit scholar with background in the fields of geography and environmental studies. My research focuses on three bodies of knowledge: 1) the social bases of organized environmentalism, 2) identity work in nonprofit and philanthropic studies, and 3) the role of volunteering and voluntary associations in the welfare state, with special focus on immigrants.


1) Individual and institutional bases of organized environmentalism. In this track, I seek to expand theoretical and empirical understanding of the individual- and institutional-bases of actors in environmental organizations, and the environmental behaviors of individuals in society. I developed and used the concepts of environmental philanthropy and environmental volunteering to depict active support to environmental causes.

Recent projects:

Intergenerational transmission of environmental behavior. This study examines how environmental behaviors and attitudes are transmitted across generations within the family. Our goal is to measure the relationship between cultural and economic influences in three countries (Israel, USA, South Korea) and the intergenerational transmission of environmental behavior within the family.

The role of youth movements in the development of environmental activism. This study is more historic interpretive in nature, and examines how the American Zionist youth movement Young Judaea has influenced values, beliefs, funding networks and attitudes of its alumni who migrated to Israel to take leadership roles in the development of the Israeli environmental movement.


2) Identity work in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The alignment of personal identity with organizational mission may serve a critical role in effectively addressing the challenge of citizen participation in civil society. In this track, I aim to better understand the role of identity in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including how philanthropic identities are aligned with other identities.

Recent projects:

Participatory philanthropy. Exploration of the motivations and the construction of multiple identities of participants in the charity sports events, depicting the blurring boundaries between donors and fundraisers in nonprofit organizations.

Volunteering by people with disability: we evaluate the role, impact, and identity construction of youth with disabilities who engage in volunteer work and service learning initiatives in Israel.


3) The role of volunteering and nonprofits in the welfare of immigrants and migrant workers. Various organizational mechanisms and services can facilitate improved social, cultural and economic integration of immigrants into their host societies. I study how volunteering, community-based organizations, and social enterprises facilitate the welfare and integration of immigrants into the social fabric of host societies.

Recent projects:

Immigrant volunteering in Germany: In light of the significant refugee and immigrant influx into Europe, we continue our exploration of immigrant volunteering, and study patterns and motivations of immigrant volunteering in Germany.

Voluntary associations of Filipino migrant workers in Israel: We survey community-based organizations of the Filipino migrant community in Israel to understand their provision of social and welfare services to its members, and the advocacy efforts to change policies related to their working conditions. We develop theoretical typology of migrant worker associations.



List of recent publications:

Articles in refereed journals (last 5 years)

McDougle, L. M., Greenspan, I., & Handy, F. (2011). Generation green:  Understanding the motivations and mechanisms influencing young adults’ environmental volunteering. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 16(4), 325-341.

Sinha, J., Greenspan, I., & Handy, F. (2011). Volunteering and civic participation among immigrant members of ethnic congregations: Complementary not competitive. Journal of Civil Society, 7(1), 23-40.

Greenspan, I., Sinha, J., & Handy, F. (2011). The road to volunteering is paved with good intentions: Is volunteering in congregations a response to altruism, social influence or instrumental benefits? International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 29(2), 1-17.

Greenspan, I., Handy, F., & Katz-Gerro, T. (2012). Environmental philanthropy: Is it similar to other types of environmental behavior? Organization & Environment, 25(2), 111-130.

Tal, A., Leon-Zchout, S., Greenspan, I., Oshri, L., & Akov, S. (2013). Israel’s environmental movement: Strategic challenges. Environmental Politics, 22(5), 779-791.

Greenspan, I. (2014). How can Bourdieu’s theory of capital benefit the understanding of advocacy NGOs? Theoretical framework and empirical illustration. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43, 99-120.

Katz-Gerro, T., Greenspan, I., Handy, F., Lee, H.-Y., & Frey, A. (2015). Environmental philanthropy and environmental behavior in five countries:
Is there convergence among youth? Voluntas, 26(4), 1485-1509.

McDougle, L. M., Handy, F., Katz-Gerro, T., Greenspan, I., & Lee, H-Y. (2015). Factors predicting proclivity and intensity to volunteer for the environment in the US and South Korea. Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, 58(5), 837-854.

Greenspan I. (2015). From state orientation to civil society and partnership orientations: An outlook on development and change in the Israeli environmental movement. Bitahon Sotziali, 98, 157-193 (in Hebrew).

Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H. & Handy, F. (2015). Skills-training programs in supported social enterprises: A social return on investment analysis. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 26(2), 129-144.

Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H. & Handy, F. (2015). Mind the gap: Expectations versus experiences of clients utilizing job-training services in a social enterprise. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics86(2), 221-244.

Katz-Gerro, T., Greenspan, I., Handy, F. & Lee, H.-Y. (forthcoming). Personal value types and environmental behaviors in four countries: Biospheric, universalism, benevolence, and conformity revisited. Environmental Values.

Ramarajan, L., Berger, I. & Greenspan, I. (forthcoming). Multiple identity configurations: The benefits of focused enhancement for prosocial behavior. Organization Science


Work in Progress / under review

“Participatory philanthropy: A nonprofit-centered conceptual framework of charity sports events.” w/ Berger, I.

“Do social work students have the skills to perform their role as client intermediaries?” w/ Zanbar, L., Yitzhaky, H.

“The environmental movement on the move: Diversification and institutionalization processes in the Israeli environmental movement.”

“Partnership ambiguity: Conceptualizing cross-sector partnerships across borders.” w/ Halevy, D.

“Green social workers: Environmental concerns, attitudes, and behaviors of social work students in Israel.” w/ McDougle, L. & Handy, F.

“Client volunteering in organizations serving clients with psychiatric disabilities.” w/ Meinhard, A.


Chapters in Book Collections

Katz, H. & Greenspan, I. (2015). Giving in Israel: From old religious traditions to an emerging culture of philanthropy. In: P. Wiepking & F. Handy (eds.), The Palgrave handbook of global philanthropy (pp. 316-337). Palgrave Macmillan.

** book is winner of the 2016 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action**

Walk, M., Greenspan, I. Crossley, H. & Handy, F. (2014) Canadian immigrants and their access to services: A case study of a social purpose enterprise. In: J. Quarter, S. Ryan & A. Chan (eds.). Social purpose enterprises: Case studies for social change (pp. 162-187). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Meinhard, A.G., Handy, F., & Greenspan, I. (2010). Corporate participation in the social economy: Employer-supported volunteering programs. In J. Quarter, L. Mook, & S. Ryan (Eds.), Researching the social economy: A Canadian perspective (pp. 245-266). Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Greenspan, I. (2005). Palestinian and Israeli environmental narratives: Reflections on the 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit. In S. Schoenfeld (Ed.), Palestinian and Israeli environmental narratives (pp. 75-92). Proceedings of a conference held in association with the Middle East Environmental Futures (MEEF) Project. Toronto, ON: York University, Centre for International and Security Studies.


Other Manuscripts

Cohen-Blankshtain, G., Greenspan, I., Naali-Yosef, H. & Geva, Y. (2015). Public participation in environmental decision-making: International perspectives. Tel Aviv: The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) (Hebrew)

מעורבות הציבור בקידום נושאים סביבתיים: סקירה ותובנות מפרספקטיבה בינלאומית. קישור

Greenspan, I. (2014). Environmental philanthropy: The relationship between philanthropic foundations and environmental NGOs in Israel. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel [in Heb.]

פילנתרופיה סביבתית: יחסי הגומלין בין קרנות פילנתרופיות לארגוני הסביבה בישראל. קישור

Tal. A., Leon-Zchout, S., Frankel-Oshri, L., Greenspan, I., & Akov, S. (2011). Israel’s environmental movement: Trends, needs, and potential. Submitted to the JMG Foundation. Ben Gurion University. Beer Sheva, Israel (Heb. & Eng).

התנועה הסביבתית בישראל: מגמות, צרכים ופוטנציאל. קישור

Greenspan, I. (2005). Review of the book The Israeli third sector: Between welfare state and civil society, by B. Gidron, M. Bar, & H. Katz. Voluntas, 16(3), 312-314.


Ph.D. Dissertation: Israeli Environmental NGOs and Philanthropic Foundations: Donor Dependence, Organizational Characteristics, and Selection Mechanism. (University of Pennsylvania.)



"החרדים יודעים לעשות מחאה" הארץ. 4.3.2014.

Editor (with Prof. Stuart Schoenfeld) of the news blog: Environment and Climate in the Middle East


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Prof. Muhammad Haj-Yahia

Full Professor
Room 504

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Research Interests:

Wife abuse and battering; exposure of children, youth, and young adults to violence in their families of origin; exposure of children and youth to community violence; exposure of children and their parents to political violence;  mental health consequences of child maltreatment; school violence; the socio-cultural and socio-political context of violence against women.


Research Projects:

 Research Projects:


1.      Mental HealthImplications of Exposure to violence: I am currently involved in several research projects on the mental health implications of the exposure of people to different patterns of violence, such as: The cumulative exposure of young adults to family violence during the life-span (i.e., during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood); the exposure of youth to community violence; and the exposure of children and youth and their parents to political violence. I have also examined in some of these studies resilience and protective factors, as buffering and mitigating factors, of the mental health implications of these exposures.

2..Wife Abuse and Battering in Arab Societies: I have been conducting research on different dimensions of the problem of wife abuse and battering in the Arab society (mainly in Israel and the Palestinian National Authority), with special interest in the rates, characteristics, correlates and risk factors, and mental health consequences of the problem as well as battered women’s coping strategies and use of different patterns of help-seeking.   Furthermore, I conducted research on the socio-cultural and socio-political context of violence against women.

3.  Beliefs about Wife Abuse and Battering: I have conducted several studies about beliefs about wife beating, and in recent years am in the process of carrying-out several other research projects on this topic (e.g., justifying wife abuse, willingness to help abused women, etc.) among health and mental health practitioners, among students of the health and mental health professions, as well as among the general public, in several countries. These studies focus on examining to what extent an integrative theory (composed of patriarchal theory, social learning theory, intra-psychic processes, and more) explain people’s beliefs about wife abuse and battering, and their attitudes toward abused women and abusive husbands.

4.      School Violence: I am interested in examining children and youth violence in school, using the social learning theory and the stressful life events perspective. I just completed conducting a study about the exposure of pupils of elementary and secondary schools (as victims as well as perpetrators) and the relationship of this exposure to their exposure to family violence, community violence, and political violence. I also examined in this study the mental health implications of the exposure to these different patterns of violence.


Abstracts of Current Research :

Selected list of Current Research Abstracts:

Wife abuse and battering in the Arab society: Over the past two decades, family violence in general, and wife battering in particular, have become a major concern throughout the world. However, different factors (e.g., socio-cultural, economic, religious, and political circumstances) have precluded comprehensive investigation of this problem in the Arab societies. An Instrument Package was constructed in order to measure the following: (1) the prevalence of various incidents and manifestations of abuse and battering of Arab women in Israel; (2) psychological effects of wife abuse and battering (i.e., stress, low self esteem, depression, anxiety); and (3) strategies used by Arab battered women to cope with violence. About 2102 Arab women participated in the study. It is anticipated that the results of the study will have implications for development of theories for studying wife beating in different Arab communities, for prevention of and intervention in cases of wife abuse and battering, and for setting policies related to wife abuse and battering in the Arab societies.

Implications of witnessing and experiencing family violence among adolescents  and young adults:Despite noteworthy developments in research on the implications of witnessing and experiencing family violence in Western societies, there is a serious dearth of studies on this topic in Arab societies. Two recent studies conducted by this researcher examined the extent to which witnessing and experiencing different patterns of family violence in childhood, adolescencce and young adulthood predict manifestations of sibling violence, hopelessness, and low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, PTSD, hostility and other mental health consequences, among Arab adolescents and young adults. It is hoped that the findings will provide a basis for developing theories for studying the topic in different Arab communities, strategies for prevention and intervention in family violence, and policies for working with abusive families.


Consequences of exposure to community violence: A comparative study among Israeli, Palestinian and American youth (in full collaboration with Dr. Neil Gutermat, at ColumbiaUniversitySchoolof Social Work):Extensive research has been conducted during the last three decades on youth exposure to community violence. However, there is a serious lack of research on the socio-cultural context of this problem. A cross cultural and cross-national study is being carried out among Palestinian, Israeli and American youth, using a self-administered instrument, assessing the extent of their exposure to different types of community violence, the psychological consequences of this exposure, receiving support from family and teachers (as factors that might buffer or intensify the consequences), and youth help-seeking behavior as a result of their exposure to community violence.


Recent Publications:

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). The incidence of wife abuse and battering and some sociodemographic correlates as revealed in two national surveys in Palestinian society. Journal of Family Violence, 15(4), 347-374. 

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Patterns of violence against engaged Arab women from Israel and some of their psychological implications. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 24(3), 209-219.

Haj-Yahia, M.M(2000). Child maltreatment: The approach of Arab social workers in Israel. International Social Work, 43(2), 149-161. (.103; 25/30).

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Implications of wife abuse and beating for self-esteem, depression, and anxiety as revealed by the Second Palestinian National Survey on Violence against Women. Journal of Family Issues, 21(4), 435-463.

Eldar-Avidan, D. (S, PI), & Haj-Yahia, M.M. (C) (2000). The experience of formerly battered women with divorce: A qualitative descriptive study. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 32(3/4), 19-40.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(C), Bargal, D. (PI), & Guterman, N.B. (PI) (2000). Perception of job satisfaction, service effectiveness and burnout among Arab social workers in Israel. International Journal of Social Welfare, 9(3), 201-210. 

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Wife abuse and battering in the sociocultural context of Arab Society. Family Process, 39(2),237-255.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2000). Wife abuse in the Palestinian Authority. New Global Development: Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, 16, 59-73.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), & Ben-Arieh, A. (C) (2000). The incidence of Arab adolescents’ exposure to violence in their families of origin and its sociodemographic correlates. Child Abuse & Neglect, 24(10), 1299-1315.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2001). The incidence of witnessing interparental violence and some of its psychological consequences among Arab adolescents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 25(7), 885-907.

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), & Tamish, S. (C) (2001). The rates of child sexual abuse and its psychological consequences as revealed by a study among Palestinian university students. Child Abuse & Neglect, 25(10), 1303-1327

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(C), & Eldar-Avidan, D. (S, PI) (2001). Formerly battered women: A qualitative study of their experiences in making a decision to divorce and carrying it out. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 36(1/2), 37-65(NR ).

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2002). Attitudes of Arab women toward different patterns of coping with wife abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 17(7), 721-745.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), Musleh, K. (C), & Haj-Yahia, Y.M. (C) (2002). The incidence of adolescent maltreatment in Arab society and some of its psychological consequences. Journal of Family Issues, 23(8), 1032-1064.

Astor, R.A. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Marachi, R. (C), Haj-Yahia, M.M. (PI), Zeira, A. (C), Perkins-Hart, S., & Pitner, R.O. (2002). The awareness of risky peer group behaviors on school grounds as predictors of students’ victimization on school grounds: Part I – elementary schools. Journal of School Violence, 1(1), 11-33.

Astor, R.A. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Haj-Yahia, M.M. (PI), Marachi, R., Zeira, A. (C), Perkins-Hart, S., & Pitner, R.O. (2002). The awareness of risky peer group behaviors on school grounds as predictors of students’ victimization on school grounds: Part II – junior high schools. Journal of School Violence. 1(3), 57-76.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2002). Beliefs of Jordanian women about wife beating. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 26(4), 282-291.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2002). The impact of wife abuse on marital relations as revealed by the Second Palestinian National Survey on Violence Against Women. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(3), 273-285

 Haj-Yahia, M.M.(PI), & Abdo-Kaloti, R. (S) (2003) The exposure of Palestinian adolescents to family violence – Part I: The rates and correlates of the problem. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27, 781-806 .

 Pitner, R.O (S)., Astor, R.A. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Haj-Yahia, M.M. (PI), & Zeira, A. (C) (2003). The effects of group stereotypes on adolescents’ reasoning about retribution. Child Development, 74(2), 413-425.

 Pitner, R. (S), Astor, R. (PI), Benbenishty, R. (PI), Haj-Yahia, M. M. (PI), & Zeira, A. (C) (2003). Adolescents' approval of peer and spousal retribution in their culture versus other cultures: The role of group stereotypes.  British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 21, 221-242.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.(2003). Beliefs about wife beating among Arab men from Israel: The influence of their patriarchal ideology. Journal of Family Violence, 18(4), 193-206.

Haj-Yahia, M.M. (2005). Can people’s patriarchal ideology predict their beliefs about wife abuse? The case of Jordanian men. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(5), 545-567 (1.147; 6/29, 1).

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Haj-Yahia, M.M., & Ben-Arieh, A. (2006). Adolescents' approach toward children rights: Comparison between Jewish and Palestinian children from Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 1060-1073.

Marie-Alsana, W., Haj-Yahia, M.M., & Greenbaum, C.W. (2006). Violence among Arab elementary school pupils inIsrael. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(1), 58-88.

Haj-Yahia, M.M., & deZoysa, P.  (2007). Beliefs of Sri Lankan medical students about wife beating. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22(1), 26-.

Steinmetz, S., & Haj-Yahia, M.M.  (2006). Definitions of and beliefs about wife abuse among ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from Israel. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21(4), 525-554.

Ben-Arieh, A., Khoury-Kassabri, M., &  Haj-Yahia, M.M.  (2006). Generational, ethnic, and national differences in attitudes toward the rights of children in Israel and Palestine. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3), 381-388.

Ben-Arieh, A., & Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2006). The "geography" of child maltreatment in Israel: Findings from a national data set of cases reported to the social services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 30(9), 991-1003.

Chou, Y.C., Haj-Yahia, M. M., Wang, F.T.Y., & Fu, L. Y.  (2006). Social work in Taiwan: A historical and critical review.International Social Work, 49(6), 767-778.

Attar, S., Benbenishty, R., & Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2007). Behina empirit shel cli lema'akav ahar matzavam hahitnahaguti-rigshi shel yeladim besikun be’Yisrael [An empirical examination of a measure for following-up after the behavioral-emotional situation of children at risk in Israel]. Hevra Verevaha [Society and Welfare]. 27(1), 79-100.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Schiff, M. (2007). Definitions of and beliefs about wife abuse among undergraduate students of social work. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 51(2), 170-190.

Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2007). Challenges in studying the psychological effects of Palestinian children’s exposure to political violence and their coping with this traumatic experience. Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(7), 691-697.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.,  & Uysal, A.  (2008). Beliefs about wife beating among medical students from Turkey. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 119-133.

Haj-Yahia, M.M., & Sadan, E.  (2008). Battered women in collectivist societies: Intervention and empowerment. Hevra Verevaha (Hebrew) [Society and Welfare], 27(3), 423-451.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Sadan, E.  (2008).Issues in intervention with battered women in collectivist societies: An essay.Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(1), 1-13.

Haj-Yahia, M.M.& Abdo-Kaloti, R. (2008). Mental health consequences of Palestinian adolescents’ exposure to family violence. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 13(1), 1-41.

Eldar-Avidan, D., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Greenbaum, C. W.  (2008). Money matters: Young adults' perception of the economic consequences of their parents' divorce. Journal of Family and Economic Issues29, 74-85.

Btoush, R.,  & Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2008). Attitudes of Jordanian society about wife abuse. Journal of nterpersonal Violence, 23(11), 1531-1554.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2008). Political violence in retrospect: Its effect on the mental health of Palestinian adolescents.International Journal of Behavioral Development32, 283-289.

Ben-Arieh, A., & Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2008). Corporal punishment of    children: a multi-generational perspective. Journal of Family Violence.23 (8), 687-695 (.533; 25/31).

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Attar-Schwartz, S.  (2008).  Attitudes of Palestinian  preschool teachers  from Israel toward reporting of suspected  cases of child abuse and neglect. Child & Family Social Work.13, 378-390.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Lugassi, R. (2008).The implications of experiencing different types of abuse in childhood for psychological distress and intimacy in early adulthood. Hevra Verevaha (Hebrew) [Society and Welfare], 28 (4), 411-440.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & de Zoysa, P.  (2008). Rates and  Psychological effects of  exposure to family violence among Sri Lankan university students. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(10), 994-1002.

Eldar-Avidan, D.,  Haj-Yahia, M. M.,  & Greenbaum, C. W. (2009). Divorce is part of my life… Resilience, survival and vulnerability: Young adults’ perception of the implications of parental divorce. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy34(4), 539-555.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Cohen, H. H.  (2009). On the lived experience of  battered women residing in shelters. Journal of Family Violence, 24,95-109.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., Tishby, O., & de Zoysa, P.  (2009). Post-traumatic stress  disorder among Sri Lankan university students as a consequence of their exposure to family violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(12), 2018-2038.

Pat-Horenczyk, R., Qasrawi R.,  Lesack R.,  Haj-Yahia M. M.,  Peled O., Shaheen M.,  Berger R.,  Garber R. &  Abdeen, Z. (PI) (2009).

Posttraumatic distress, functional impairment, and Coping among adolescents on both sides  of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A cross-cultural approach. Applied Psychology, 58(4), 688-708.

Haj-Yahia, M. M. (2010). Palestinian physicians' misconceptions about and  approval of wife abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25 (3), 416-442.

Shhadi, N., Haj-Yahia, M. M.,  & Bekerman, Z.  (2009). The significance of Moslem religion for coping with Loss and Bereavement: The case of   Palestinian families living in Israel, whose children were killed during the October 2000 demonstrations. Research in the Social ScientificStudy of Religion, 20, 239-265.

Zembylas, M., Bekerman, Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Shhadi, N. (2010). The politics  of mourning in Cyprus and Israel: Educational implications. Compare: Journal of International and Comparative Education,

Pitner, R. O., Astor, R. A., Benbenishty, R., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Zeira, A. (2011). Putting context into cultural perspective: Examining Arab and Jewish adolescents’ judgments and reasoning about spousal retribution  Violence against Women, 17(5), 584-602 (1.496; 4/29).

Clark, C. J., Everson-Rose, S. A., Franco-Suglia, Sh., Btoush, Alonso, A., &  Haj-Yahia, M. M. (PI) (2010). Association between exposure to political  violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian  territory: A cross-sectional study. The Lancet, 375, 310-316.

Guterman, N. B., Haj-Yahia, M. M., Vorhies, V., Ismayilova, L., &  Leshem, B. (2010). Help-seeking and internal obstacles to eceiving support in the wake of community violence exposure: The caseof Arab and Jewish adolescents in Israel. Journal of Child and Family Studies19(6),  687-696.

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Uysal, A.  (2011). Towards an integratitheoretical framework for explaining beliefs about wife beating: A study among students of nursing from Turkey, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(7), 1401-1431.

Wolfsfeld, L., & Haj-Yahia, M. M.  (2010). Learning and supervisory styles in the training of social workers. The Clinical Supervisor, 29(1), 68-994.

 Leshem, B., Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Guterman, N.  (2011). Characteristics of Israeli Jewish youth exposure to community violence and their relevance to demographic and support variables. HevraVerevaha (Hebrew) [Society and Welfare],31(1), 61-90.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.,Leshem, B., & Guterman, N. B.  (2011).Exposure to community violence among Arab youth in Israel: Rates and characteristic.  Journal of Community Psychology,  39(2), 136-151.

Haj-Yahia, M. M.(2011). Contextualizing interventions with batteredwomen in collectivist societies: Issues and controversies. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16,331-339.





















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Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology School of Law
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Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian



Present Positions

Lawrence D. Biele Chair of Law Chair in Global Law

Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology School of Law

School of Social Work and Social Welfare Queen Mary University of London

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



B.A. (U.H.) 1980; B.S.W. (H.U.J.I.) 1982; M.A. (H.U.J.I.) 1989; Ph.D. (H.U.J.I.) 1994;

Post-Doc. (U.S.C.) 1995-96


Previous Positions

Fall 2018 Short-Term Professor, Ph.D. Program in Social Science, Bir Zeit University

Fall 2017 Short-Term International Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Winter 2017 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Queen Mary University of London

Fall 2016 Visiting Professor, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – Irvine

Fall 2011 Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Winter 2010 Visiting Professor, Institute for Research on Women and Gender & Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University

2008-10 Academic Supervisor, Law and Society Program, Law School, Bir Zeit University

Fall 2008 Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of California – Los Angeles

Fall 2008 Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Southern California

Fall 2006 Adjunct, School of Law, University of Southern California

2006-16 Director, Gender Studies Program, Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Research, Haifa

2006-13 Academic Advisor, Women and Trauma Program, Women’s Studies Center, Jerusalem

Fall 2005 Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Southern California

Fall 2005 Adjunct, School of Law, University of California – Los Angeles

Fall 2004 Visiting Professor, University of California – Los Angeles

Spring 2003 Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of California – Los Angeles

2003-10 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2002-2003 Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Women, University of California – Los Angeles

Fall 2002 Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Southern California

1996-2002 Lecturer, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1996-2002 Lecturer, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1989-92 Teaching Instructor, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1987-95 Lecturer, Social Science Department, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, PA

1985-94 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, PA




1995-96 Post-Doctorate (Center for Multi-Ethnic and Transitional Studies; Center for Feminist Studies), University of Southern California

1994 Ph.D. (Law), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1989 M.A. (Criminology), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1982 B.S.W. (Social Work), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1980 B.A. (Political Science and Philosophy), University of Haifa




The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2018- Member, Promotion Committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare

2015- Member, Recruitment Committee, Institute of Criminology & Faculty of Law

2014- Member, Recruitment Committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare

2011- Chair, Human Subject Committee, Faculty of Law

2008-18 Chair, Human Subject Committee, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology

2006-18 Chair, Prize Committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare

2004- Chair, MA Thesis Committee, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology

2003-11 Member, Award and Scholarship Committee, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology

2003-11 Member, Teaching Committee, School of Social Work and Social Welfare

2003-2005 Chair, Admission Acceptance Committee, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology


Membership in Editorial and Advisory Boards

2016- The British Journal of Criminology, International Advisory Board

2016- International State Crime Initiative, Editorial Board

2016- Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, International Editorial Board

2016- Jerusalem Quarterly, Advisory Board

2014- Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Advisory Board


Membership of Scientific Societies

2019- AMECYS (Association of Middle East Children and Youth Studies)

2015- Middle East Studies Association Member

2005- Middle East Studies Seminar Member, Yale Law School

2000- Law and Society Association Member


Membership of Selected Public Committees

2020- Palestinian Global Mental Health Network

2016- Board Chair, Mada al-Carmel

2011-16 Board Member, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem

2006- Academic Board Member, Mada al-Carmel

2006-2016 Director – Gender Studies Program, Mada al-Carmel

2003-11 Board Member, World Vision, Jerusalem

2001- Board Member, Princess Basma Organization for the Disabled

2005-2009 Board Chair, Gisha, Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, Tel Aviv

2003-2007 Chair, Arab Ad Hoc Committee for Higher Education, Council for Higher Education, Jerusalem

2003-2005 Board Member, Israeli Women’s League Research Committee, Jerusalem

1996-2002 Board Member, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, Jerusalem


Professional/Community Activities

2013- Senior Leading Researcher, Greenhouse of Context-Informed Research and Training for Children in Need (NEVET), School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2008-13 Member, The Trauma, Peace-building and Development Project, International Development Research Centre, INCOR, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

2007-12 Member, Feminist Academic Group, Women in Conflict Zones Network (WICZNET): Studying “Militarized Violence in this New Age of Empire”, York University, Toronto

2008 Training Israeli Judges, Palestinians in Israel: Challenges Facing the Legal System, Jerusalem, Israel

2008 Training of Palestinian Social Workers and Psychologists, Feminist Perspective in Trauma and Recovery, Ramallah, West Bank

2004 Training of Judges of the High Criminal Court in Jordan, Victim’s Voice in Criminal Proceedings and Fair Trial for Women and Children Victims in Criminal Proceedings, Amman, Jordan

2001-14 Founding Member, Women for Women’s Sexuality and Bodily Rights, Istanbul, Turkey

2001 Counseling to the World University Service Project, Researching Women, Larnaka, Cyprus

2000 Training Palestinian Mental Health and Health Workers, Elderly Abuse and the Role of Palestinian Social Control Agents, Jerusalem

2000 Training Judges in Israeli Family Courts, Violence and the Palestinian-Israeli Families, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

1999 Training Rape Crisis Workers, Helping Victims of Sexual Abuses: A Contextually Sensitive Mode of Intervention, Jerusalem

1998 Training Palestinian National Council (PNC) Members, Gender and Violence: The Role of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Bethlehem, West Bank

1997 Training Women Activists, Women and Law, West Bank and Gaza, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, Jerusalem

1994 Established the First Hotline for Abused Palestinian Women, Al Aman, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, Jerusalem

1994 Training Female Palestinian Police Officers, Domestic Violence, Gaza Strip

1991 Initiated a Hotline during the Gulf War, Provide Information, Guidance and Psychological Support to Palestinians Living in the Occupied Territories, Jerusalem


Prizes and Honors

2020 Impact Award, International Network for Genocide Scholars (INoGS)

2017 Radzinowicz Prize for the Best Article Published in 2016, The British Journal of Criminology

2016 Claire Goldberg Moses Prize for the Most Theoretically Innovative Article Published in Feminist Studies over the Past Year

2015 Honoree of the Harvard Law School’s Second Annual International Women’s Day Celebrations, Organized by the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Harvard Law and International Development Society

2014 Radzinowicz Prize for the Best Article Published in 2014, The British Journal of Criminology

2011 International Scholarship Prize for Distinguished Work in the Field of Law and Society, Law and Society Association

2008 International Women’s Rights Prize, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

2008 Golda Meir Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2000 Dean’s Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1999 Ellis and Alma Birk Scholars Prize, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1998 Arab-Israeli Award for Pioneering Scholars, The Arab Students Committee for Higher Education

1994 Dean’s Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem







Awarding Body




Israeli Science Foundation

“Child Arrest and Juvenile Justice”


LUCE Foundation

“Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence” with Professors Lila Abu-Lughod (Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University), Rema Hammami (Institute of Women’s Studies of Birzeit University), and Janet Jakobsen (Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College)


UN Women

“In the Absence of Justice”


UN Women

“Palestinian Women Access to Justice in the West Bank”


Luce Foundation

“The Fusion between Religious Claims and Nationalism with Nadim Rouhana (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University)


YWCA – Jerusalem

“The Politics of Birth in Occupied Jerusalem”


INCOR, International Conflict Research Institute, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

“Death and Dying in Occupied Jerusalem”


United States Institute for Peace (USIP)

“Community Engaged Courses as a Vehicle for Peacebuilding” with Professor Daphna Golan (Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University)



Israel Internet Association

“Child Sexual Solicitation and the Internet”


Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)

“Femicide, Body-politics and Multi-bureaucratic Systems: The Palestinian Case”


Pince Foundation

“Women and Children and the Attack on the Home in Conflict Zones”


Ford Foundation

“Gender and Human Rights: Criminology, Victimology and Social Activism”


World Vision International

“Children and Trauma: A Critical Race Perspective”


Minerva Center for Human Rights

“The Safe Home: Attacking the Home in Conflict Zones”


Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

“Law and House Demolitions in East Jerusalem”, Jerusalem Center for Women


World University Service – Britain

“Gender, Occupation and Education: Law, Gender and the Militarization of Spaces in the Palestinian Authority, Women’s Studies Center, Jerusalem


Women’s Studies Center

“Women and Political Conflict: The Case of Palestinian Women in Jerusalem”


EEU through Kvina Tel Kvina

“Women and Political Conflict: The Case of Palestinian Women in Jerusalem”


World Health Organization, Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention in collaboration with the Department of Women’s Health

“Criminalization of Sexual Violence: The Case-study of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine


The Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and INTERIGHTS

“The Child’s Voice in the Legal System: The Case of Jordan and Palestine”


Spanish Agency of International Development Cooperation

“Dialoging with the Muted: Women Empowerment and Silencing”


Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

“Trauma and War: The Palestinian Case-study”



“The Perception and Attitudes of Victims and Criminal Justice Professionals towards Femicide: A Case-study of Jordanian and Palestinian Society”


Warburg Foundation

“Disclosure of Sexual Abuse amongst Girls and Its Concomitant Threat of Femicide: The Case of Palestinian Society”



“Mapping and Analyzing the Landscape of Femicide: The Palestinian Case study”


Silvert Center

“Policing Women Battering in the Arab Community in Israel” with Edna Erez


Brookdale Center

“Examining Intervention Programs Addressing Female Child Sexual Abuse: The Case-study of Palestinians and Israelis”


Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology

“The Applicability of the Law against Family Violence (1991) among Palestinians Living in Israel”


Truman Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Perception, Attitude, and Social Reaction toward Wife Abuse among Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem” (for completing doctoral dissertation research)





ERC, “State Political Violence, Dismemberment and the Governance of Hope (2,500,000 €)


Selected Conferences and Workshop Organization

Policing and Empire-Webinar, University of California – Los Angeles, November 2020

Unchilding in the Middle East and North Africa- MESA, October, 2020

Palestinian Women’s Activism, Online Book Discussion, September 2020

Concerning Palestine/Israel: Thinking with Achille Mbembe, Online Symposium, September 2020

State Crime and Gender Based Violence, Queen Mary University of London – ISCI, February 2020

UK Mental Health Corona and State Criminology in Occupied East Jerusalem, UK Mental Health Network, April 2020

Home and Homeland, Netherlands Institute for Advance Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2020

State Crime and Combat Proven Politics, Queen Mary University of London – ISCI, March 2019

Global Governance of the Intimate, Luce Foundation, Columbia University, New York, September 2018

Palestinian Women’s Access to Justice, Gender Studies Program, Mada al-Carmel, Haifa, July 2016

Religious Claims, Nationalism, and Human Suffering, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, April 2016

Colonization and the Law, Law and Society Association Program Committee, June 2012

Feminist Thought as a Tool for Resistance, Gender Studies Program, Mada al-Carmel, Haifa, June 2007

Victimology between the Local and the Global, Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2007


Courses Taught

2020- State Racism and Crime, Bachelor’s Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2018- Law, Society and Racism, Master’s and Doctoral Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2018- The Politics of Childhood: A Critical Perspective, Master’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2015-16 Children, Victimization and Crime, Master’s and Doctoral Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2013-16 Clinical Models in Gender and Human Rights, Bachelor’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2011- Law, Society and Critical Race Theory, Georgetown University Law Center

2010-14 Surveillance, Securitization and ICT: A Critical Perspective, Master’s Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2010- Advanced Theories in Criminology, Master’s and Doctoral Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2008- Public Diplomacy: Bottom Up, Bachelor’s Level, School of Communication and Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

2008 Gender and Human Rights, Master’s and Doctoral Level, Center for the Study of Women, University of California – Los Angeles

2006-10 Gender and Human Rights: Local and Global Perspective, Master’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare & Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2005-2008 Social Work and the Law, Master’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare

2004-2007 Social Deviance Theories, Bachelor’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-2011 Theories in Criminology, Master’s Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-2010 Women and Welfare, Bachelor’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-2008 Victimology: An International Perspective, Master’s Level, Faculty of Law – Institute of Criminology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-2008 Domestic Violence: A Cross-cultural Perspective, Master’s Level, School of Law, University of California – Los Angeles & School of Law, University of Southern California

2003-2004 Women and Children in the Criminal Justice System, Master’s Level, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-2004 Women, Militarization and War, Master’s and Doctoral Level, Women Studies Center, University of California – Los Angeles




Doctoral Dissertation

“Perception, Attitude, and Social Reaction toward Wife Abuse among Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem”

Supervisors: Professors Stan Cohen and Simha Landau

Date of Award of Degree: 1995



Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding, 2019, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Reviewed by:

Heidi Morrison (2020). Journal of Palestine Studies 49(3): 82-84

Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear, 2015, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Reviewed by:

Sarah Ihmoud (2016). Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 12(20): 261-63.

Mehraj ud Din (2018). Religion & Theology 25(3-4): 419-23.

Omar Jabary Salamanca (2017). International Journal of Middle East Studies 49(1): 186-88.

Penny Johnson (Summer 2016). Jerusalem Quarterly 66: 109-13.

Matteo Capasso (2016). Middle East Critique 25(1): 63-70.

Jess Bonnan-White (2016). Review of Middle East Studies 50(1): 118-21.

Militarization and Violence against Women in Conflict Zones: A Palestinian Case-study, 2009, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Reviewed by:

Lila Abu-Lughod (2011). American Ethnologist 38(1): 207-208.

Kathleen Barry (2010). Women’s Studies International Forum 33(2): 149-50.

Stephanie Chaban (2010). H-Minerva: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. id=30366.

Sue-Ann Harding (2010). The Translator 16(2), Special Issue: Translation and Violent Conflict: 345-49.

Lisa Hajjar (2011). Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 7(1): 120-23.

Women and Political Conflict: The Case of Palestinian Women in Jerusalem (with N. Abdo), 2006, Jerusalem: Women’s Studies Center, 106 pp.

Mapping and Analyzing the Landscape of Femicide in Palestinian Society, 2004, Jerusalem: Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, 95 pp.

Tribal Justice and Its Effect on Formal Justice in Palestine (with M. Abdulhadi), 2003, Birzeit: Institute of Law Birzeit University (in Arabic), 127 pp.


Edited Books

When Politics Are Sacralized: International Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism (with N.N. Rouhana), forthcoming 2021, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Engaged Students in Conflict Zones, Community Engaged Courses in Israel as a Vehicle for Change (with Y.D. Markovish and D. Golan), 2019, Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Palestinian Feminist Writings: Between Oppression and Resistance, Haifa: Mada al-Carmel, Arab Center for Applied Social Research (in Arabic), 2007, 338 pp.



In the Absence of Justice: Embodiment and the Politics of Militarized Dismemberment in Occupied East Jerusalem (with S. Ihmoud), 2016, UN Women.

Access Denied: Palestinian Women’s Access to Justice in the Occupied West Bank (with S. Daher-Nashef), 2014, UN Women, 148 pp.

Birthing in Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian Women’s Experience of Pregnancy and Delivery, 2012, Jerusalem: YWCA, 85 pp.

Trapped Bodies and Lives: Military Occupation, Trauma and the Violence of Exclusion, Jerusalem: YWCA, 75 pp.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: Implementation in Palestine and Israel 2000-2009, 2010, Jerusalem: Norwegian Church Aid, 92 pp.

Gender and the Militarization of Education in Palestine, 2007, Jerusalem: Women Studies Center (in Arabic), 84 pp.

Facing the Wall: Palestinian Children and Adolescents Speak about Israeli Separation Wall, 2007, Jerusalem: World Vision Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza, 58 pp.

Coping with Trauma: Palestinian Children Voicing Out Their Rights (with S. Khsheiboun), 2006, Australia: World Vision International, 112 pp.

Women and War in Palestine (with K. Abu-Baker, S. Awaidah, and E. Dabit), 2005, Jerusalem: Women Studies Center, 156 pp.

Child Sexual Abuse and the Criminal Justice System in Jordan and Palestine, Research report submitted to UNIFEM, 2004, New York: UNIFEM, 119 pp.


Book Chapters

Speaking Life, Speaking Death: Jerusalemite Children Confronting Israel’s Technologies of Violence (2020), In The Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology, and Social Change, 253-70, Emerald Publishing Limited.

Violence against Palestinian Women in the West Bank (with A. Wing) (2017), In L. Goodmark & R. Goel (eds.), Comparative Perspective on Gender Violence, New York: Oxford University Press.

Gendered Suffering and the Eviction of the Native: The Politics of Birth in Occupied East Jerusalem (2017), In D. Haynes, F. Ni Aolain, N. Valjii & N. Cahn (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Settler Colonialism, Surveillance and Fear (2017), In N. Rouhana (ed.), Palestinians in Israel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Death and Dying in My Jerusalem: The Power of Liminality (2014), In B. Hamber & E. Gallagher (eds.), Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding, 255-87, Springer International Publishing.

Terrorism and the Birthing Body in Jerusalem (2014), In S. Perera & S. Razack (eds.), At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour Theorize Terror, 38-56, University of Toronto Press.

(En)gendering De-development in East Jerusalem: Thinking through the ‘Everyday’ (with R. Busbridge) (2014), In M. Turner & O. Shweiki (eds.), Decolonizing Palestinian Political Economy: De-development and Beyond (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies), 77-94, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Counter-narratives of Palestinian Women: The Construction of Her-story and the Politics of Fear (2011), In M.. Ennaji & F. Sadiqi (eds.), Gender and Violence in the Middle East, 29-59, New York: Routlege.

Education and the Israeli Industry of Fear (2010), In A.E. Mazawi & R.G. Sultana (eds.), Education in the Arab Region: Global Dynamics, Local Resonances, World Yearbook of Education, 335-49, New York: Routledge.

Palestine (2007), In D.S. Clark (ed.), Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives, 1091-92, Los Angeles: Sage.

When Laws are Tools of Oppression: Palestinian Women Counter Discourse against the Policy of House Demolition (2007), IN D. Barak-Erez, S. Yanisky-Ravid, Y. Bitton & D. Pugach (eds.), Iyuni Mishpat Migdar Ve Feministm, 463-500, Kirvat Uno: Navo (in Hebrew).

Politics, Tribal Justice and Gender: Perspectives in the Palestinian Society (2006), In A. Hans-Jorg, J.M. Simon, H. Rezaei, H.C. Rohne & E. Kiza (eds.), Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in Middle Eastern Societies: Between Tradition and Modernity, 535-56, Berlin: Max Planck Institute.

Researching Women’s Victimization in Palestine: A Socio-legal Analysis (2005), In L. Welchman & S. Hossain (eds.), Honor Crimes, Paradigms, and Violence against Women, 160-80, London: Zed Books.

Negotiating the Present and Historicizing the Future: Palestinian Children Speak about the Israeli Separation Wall (2005), In D. Champagne & I. Abu-Saad (eds.), Indigenous and Minority Education: International Perspectives on Empowerment, 178-200, Beer Sheva: Negev Center for Regional Development.

Opposing the Ostracism: A Contextually Sensitive Mode of Intervention for Handling Female Abuse (2003), In E. Leshem & D. Roer-Strier (eds.), Cultural Diversity: A Challenge to Human Service, 255-74, Jerusalem: Magnes Press (in Hebrew).

Who Are We Protecting: Palestinian Girls in Israel and the Child Protection Policy (2003), In M. Hovay (ed.), Crime and Punishment: A Review of the Criminal Justice System in Israel, 553-83, Jerusalem: Hmachon Lmahkar Hakika Vemishpat [Institute for Comparative Judicial and legal Studies] (in Hebrew).

Growing from Within: The De-colonization of the Mind (2002), In R. Lentin & N. Abdo (eds.), Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation, 176-94, Oxford: Berghahn.

Women Victimization in Palestinian Society (2000), In A. Mannaa’a (ed.), The Palestinians in the Twentieth Century: An Inside Look, 153-204, Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute.

Development of Identity under the Oppression of Occupation: The Palestinian Case (1999), In H. Gordon (ed.), Looking Back at the June 1967 War, 113-22, London: Praeger.

Crime of War, Culture, and Children’s Rights: The Case-study of Female Palestinian Detainees under Israeli Military Occupation (1998), In G. Douglas & L. Sebba (eds.), Children’s Rights and Traditional Values, 228-48, Dartmouth: Ashgate.

Introduction (1995), In A. Khader (ed.), Towards Equality: An Examination of the Status of Palestinian Women, 4-13, Jerusalem: Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling.

Fear of Sexual Harassment: Palestinian Adolescent Girls in the Intifada (1994), In E. Augustin (ed.), Palestinian Women: Identity and Experience, 171-79, London: Zed Books.

Community Work within Palestinian Society, 76-93, Jerusalem: Federation of Charitable Societies (in Arabic).


Articles in Refereed Journals

Unchilding and the Killing Boxes, 2020, Journal of Genocide Research

Gun to Body: Mental Health against Unchilding, 2020, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 17: 126-45.

Necropenology: Conquering new bodies, Psychics, and Territories in East Jerusalem, 2020, Identities 27(3): 285-301.

Arrested Childhood in Spaces of Indifference: The Criminalized Children of Occupied East Jerusalem (with S. Odeh), 2019, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.

Children, Human Rights Organizations, and the Law under Occupation: The Case of Palestinian Children in East Jerusalem (with B. Kovner), 2018, The International Journal of Human Rights.

Child Arrest, Settler Colonialism, and the Israeli Juvenile System: A Case Study of Occupied East Jerusalem (with B. Kovner), 2018, British Journal of Criminology 58(3): 709-29.

The Occupation of the Senses: The Prosthetic and Aesthetic of State Terror, 2017, British Journal of Criminology 57: 1279-1300. Winner of the Radzinowicz Prize 2017 for the Article that Most Contributes to the Knowledge of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Issues.

At the Limits of the Human: Reading Postraciality from Palestine, 2016, Ethnic and Racial Studies: 2252-60.

The Biopolitics of Israeli Settler Colonialism: Palestinian Bedouin Children Theorize the Present, 2016, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies 15(1): 7-29.

Infiltrated Intimacies: The Case of Palestinian Returnees, 2016, Feminist Studies 42(1): 166-93.

Is the Violence of Tag Mehir a State Crime? (with Y. David), 2015, British Journal of Criminology 56(5): 835-56.

Childhood: A Universalist Perspective for How Israel is Using Child Arrest and Detention to Further its Colonial Settler Project, 2015, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 12: 223-44.

A Rejoinder to Robert Cherry (with N. Griecci, H. Zubi & R. Busbridge), 2015, Feminist Economics 20(2): 164-86.

The Political Work of Suffering: A Transformative Examination, 2015, Borderlands 14(1): 1-6.

Necropolitical Debris: The Dichotomy of Life and Death, 2015, State Crime Journal 4(1): 34-51.

The Politics of Birth and the Intimacies of Violence against Palestinian Women in Occupied East Jerusalem, 2015, British Journal of Criminology 55(6): 1187-1206.

Criminalizing Pain and the Political Work of Suffering: The Case of Palestinian “Infiltrators”, 2015, Borderlands 14(1): 1-28.

Context-informed, Counter-hegemonic Qualitative Research: Israeli/Palestinian Research Team Studying Loss (with D. Roer-Strier), 2015, Qualitative Social Work.

Stolen Childhood: Palestinian Children and the Structure of Genocidal Dispossession, 2015, Settler Colonial Studies.

Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Settler Colonialism (with S. Daher-Nashef & S. Ihmoud), 2014, Journal of Palestine Studies (in Arabic).

Palestinian Children as Tools for ‘Legalized’ State Violence, 2014, Borderlands 13(1): 1-24.

Two Letters from Jerusalem: Haunted by Other Breathing (with S. Ihmoud), 2014, Jerusalem Quarterly 59: 8-11.

Exiled at Home: Writing Return and the Palestinian Home (with S. Ihmoud), 2014, Biography 37(2): 377-97.

Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminist Between Thought and Practice, 2014, Feminist@Law 4(1): 1-18.

Community-engaged Courses in a Conflict Zone: A Case Study of the Israeli Academic Corpus (with D. Golan), 2014, Journal of Peace Education 11(2): 181-207.

Funding Pain: Bedouin Women and Political Economy in the Naqab/Negev (with N. Griecci, H. Zubi & R. Busbridge), 2014, Feminist Economics 20(2): 164-86.

Living Death, Recovering Life: Psychosocial Resistance and the Power of the Dead in East Jerusalem, 2014, Intervention: International Journal for Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counseling in Areas of Armed Conflicts 12(1): 16-29.

Criminality in Spaces of Death: The Palestinian Case-study, 2014, British Journal of Criminology 54: 38-52. Winner of the Radzinowicz Prize 2014 for the Article that Most Contributes to the Knowledge of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Issues.

Human Suffering in Colonial Contexts: Reflections from Palestine, 2013, Settler Colonial Studies 4(3): 277-90.

Femicide and Colonization Between the Politics of Exclusion and the Culture of Control (with S. Daher-Nashef), 2013, Violence against Women 19(3): 295-315.

Yaffa: Exile in the Homeland and Growth (with H. Zubi), 2013, Journal of Palestine Studies 93: 50-65 (in Arabic).

Casting Out ‘Citizenship’: Israel’s Eviction of Palestinians, 2012, Review of Women’s Studies, Institute of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University 7: 47-59.

Vernacularizing Feminist Knowledge: Feminist Thought between the Physics of Power and Security Theology, 2012, Bahithat: Lebanese Association of Women Researchers (in Arabic).

Jerusalem, Palestine, and the Politics of Everydayness in Colonial Context, 2012, Journal of Palestine Studies 85: 54-64 (in Arabic).

Living Death and the Dead in the Palestinian Society: Dying in Jerusalem (with S. Daher-Nashef), 2012, Bahithat: Lebanese Association of Women Researchers (in Arabic).

The Grammar of Rights in Colonial Contexts: The Case of Palestinian Women in Israel, 2012, Middle East Law and Governance 4: 106-51.

Trapped: The Violence of Exclusion in Jerusalem, 2012, Jerusalem Quarterly 49: 6-25.

‘It is Up to Her’: Rape and the Re-victimization of Palestinian Women in Multiple Legal Systems, 2011, Social Difference 1: 30-45.

E-resistance and Technology In/security in Everyday Life: The Palestinian Case, 2011, British Journal of Criminology 52(1): 55-72.

E-resistance among Palestinian Women: Coping in Conflict-ridden areas, 2011, Social Service Review 85(2): 179-204.

Palestinian Women and the Politics of Invisibility: Towards a Feminist Methodology, 2010, Peace Prints: South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding 3(1): 1-21.

Panoptical Web: Internet and Victimization of Women (with T. Barenbloom), 2010, International Review of Victimology 17: 69-95.

Palestinian Women’s Voices Challenging Human Rights Activism (with S. Khsheiboun), 2009, Women’s Studies International Forum 32: 354-62.

The Political Economy of Children’s Trauma: A Case Study of House Demolitions in Palestine, 2009, Feminism and Psychology 19(3): 335-42.

The Gendered Nature of Education under Siege: A Palestinian Feminist Perspective, 2008, International Journal of Lifelong Education 27(2): 179-200.

Negotiating the Present, Historicizing the Future: Palestinian Children Speak about the Israeli Separation Wall, 2006, American Behavioral Scientist Journal 49(8): 1101-34.

Voice Therapy for Women Aligned with Political Prisoners: A Case Study of Trauma among Palestinian Women in the Second Intifada, 2005, Social Service Review 79(2): 322-43.

Disclosure of Child Abuse in Conflict Areas, 2005, Violence Against Women 11(10): 1263-91.

Counter-spaces as Resistance in Conflict Zones: Palestinian Women Recreating a Home, 2005, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy: An International Forum 17(3-4): 109-41.

The Hidden Casualties of War: Palestinian Women and the Second Intifada, 2004, Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance 1(1): 67-82.

Racism, Militarisation and Policing: Police Reactions to Violence against Palestinian Women in Israel, 2004, Social Identities 10(2): 171-94.

Imposition of Virginity Testing: A Life-saver or a License to Kill, 2004, Social Science and Medicine 60: 1187-96.

Re-examining Femicide: Breaking the Silence and Crossing ‘Scientific’ Borders, 2003, Signs 28(2): 581-608.

Integrating a Victim Voice in Community Policing of Domestic Violence: A Feminist Critique (with E. Erez), International Review of Victimology 9(2): 113-35.

Policing Violence against minority Women in Multicultural Societies: Community and the Politics of Exclusion (with M. Adelman & E. Erez), Police and Society 7: 105-33.

Liberating Voices: The Political Implications of Palestinian Mother Narrating Their Loss, 2003, Women’s Studies International Forum 26(5): 391-407.

Femicide and the Palestinian Criminal Justice System: Seeds of Change in the Context of State Building?, 2002, Law and Society Review 36(3): 577-605.

Using the Dialogue Test to Break Mental Chains: Listening and Being Heard, 2001, Social Science Review 75(1): 135-50.

The Efficacy of Israeli Law in Preventing Violence within Palestinian Families Living in Israel, 2000, International Review of Victimology 7: 47-66.

Blocking Her Exclusion: A Contextually Sensitive Model of Intervention for Handling Female Abuse, 2000, Social Service Review 74(4): 620-34.

Towards Cultural Definition of Rape: Dilemmas in Dealing with Rape Victims in Palestinian Society, 1999, Women’s Studies International Forum 22(2): 157-73.

Law, Politics, and Violence against Women: The Case-study of Palestinian-Israelis, 1999, Law and Policy 21(2): 189-211.

Psychological Responses in Family Members after the Hebron Massacre (with S. Elbedour, A.M. Baker, M. Irwin & R. Belmaker), 1999, Depression and Anxiety 9: 27-31.

The Politics of Disclosing Female Sexual Abuse: A Case Study of Palestinian Society, 1999, Child Abuse & Neglect 23(12): 1275-93.

The Effects of Political and Military Trauma on Children: The Palestinian Case (with A.M. Baker), Clinical Psychology Review 19: 935-50.

Reactions to a Case of Female Child Sexual Abuse in the Palestinian Society: Protection, Silencing, Deterrence, or Punishment, 1998, Plilim 7: 16-95 (in Hebrew).

Tolerating Battering: Invisible Way of Social Control, 1997, International Review of Victimology 5: 1-21.

Wife Abuse: A Method of Social Control, 1997, Israel Social Science Research 12(1): 59-72.

Wife Abuse in Palestinian Society: Social Phenomenon or Social Problem (with A.M. Baker), 1997, Arab Studies Quarterly 19(20): 41-55.

Fear of Crime in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem: Physical and Social Correlates, 1995, Crime Prevention Studies 4: 185-97.

Differential Effects of Trauma on Spouses of Traumatized Households (with A.M. Baker), Journal of Traumatic Studies 8: 58-72.


Edited Special Journal Issues

State Crime: Israel/Palestine (with P. Green), 2016, State Crime Journal.

The Politics of Suffering, 2015, Borderlands.

Victimology between the Local and the Global, 2010, International Review of Victimology.


Articles in Non-Refereed Periodicals and Position Papers

Ana Sumud: I Am Steadfastness, 2019,

Tag Mehir: The Different Faces of Zionism (with Y. David), 2016, Malafat Mada.

Going to the Ecclesiastical Courts for Protection and Access to Justice: An Indigenous Feminist Reading (with S. Khsheiboun), 2015, Haifa: Mada al-Carmel, Arab Center for Applied Social Research,

Palestinian Women’s Interactions with the Israeli Police Force: Access to Justice for Palestinian Women in Israel (with S. Mokari-Renawi), 2014, Haifa: Mada al-Carmel, Arab Center for Applied Social Research,

The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts (with S. Daher-Nashif), 2012, Jadaliyya, December 17,

How Do We Read Violence against Palestinian Women in Israel, 2010, Jadal 6: 1-14.

The Physics of Power and the Challenges of the Palestinian Feminist Discourse: Between Thought and Practice, 2009, Jadal 4: 1-13.

Israeli Policies of House Demolitions, and the Struggle for Memory, Land, and Identity: A Feminist Perspective, 2007, Balsam-Ramallah 383: 60-62 (in Arabic.





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Dr. Orna Shemer

Lecturer of the Practice
In charge of academic status
Room 534

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Research interests:

Community work, practice of partnerships and participation, cultural competence, dialogue and community mediation, rural communities, cooperative organizations and communities, learning from success, practice wisdom, people who live in poverty and inclusion.

Current research projects:

·      Changes in the Kibbutzim: An interdisciplinary research about the changes in the Kibbutzim (with Prof. Eliezer Ben-Rafael) - Coordinating an extensive research, in partnership with researchers from various disciplines, that examines  the extensive and dramatic economic, ideological, social, cultural, physical (and more) changes taking places in dozens of Kibbutzim in recent year.

·      The new cooperatives in Israel: A study about the recent wave of cooperatives that emerged over the last decade, especially after the protest calling for social justice. The study looks at the motives for the establishment of the cooperatives. Further more, studying  their economic, social and organizational patterns of action, as an expression of communal and activist practices.

·      Community dialogue: Study of the successful dialogue between leaders of various cultural groups in a multicultural city, that work together in a long-term partnership trying to overcome social problems in their city.

Examples of Recent Publications:


·         Shemer, O. (Editor). (2013). Community Mediation and Dialogue Centers – Social Innovation through community Initiatives. Tel Aviv: Ministry of Social Affairs and Social services and JDC Israel. (Hebrew)

·         Shemer, O., Rosenfeld, J.M., Dahan, O. & Daniel-Hellwing, A. (Editors). (2016). What the hell did we do? Success Stories from the support-centers for students with learning disabilities. Tel Aviv: "Mofet" institution & Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. (Hebrew)



·         Shemer, O. & Schmid, H. (2007). "Toward a new definition of community partnership: a three dimensional approach". Journal of rural cooperation, 35 (2). 123-140. (English)

·         Shahar, E. & Shemer, O. (2012). Learning with the community: Using the narrative approach and mutual learning through dialogue in community work. Hevra u-Revaha (Society and Welfare) 32 (4). 553-577 . (Hebrew).

Chapters in books: 

·         Shemer, O. (2016). "Inter-cultural mediation: critical view on the development of a cultural-sensitive role". In: B. Bashir., G. Ben Porat, & Y. Yona, (Eds.). Multi-culturalism and policy. 226-263. Jerusalem: Van leer Jerusalem institute. (peer reviewed) (Hebrew)


Entries in Encyclopedias:

·         Shemer, O. (2014). "Community dialogue" In: Coghlan, D. & Brydon-Miller, M. (Eds.). The Sage Encyclopedia of Action Research. (Vol 1). Los Angles. 143-146. (English)


Published scientific reports and technical papers:

·         Shemer, O. (2013). Perceptions of Community among Members from the Intentional Communities. Shahaf foundation & RIKMA Movement. (Hebrew)

·         Shemer, O. (2016). Research report: The growing-up of the multi-cultural leadership incubator in Sderot – young civil-society in the periphery. Hanns Seidel Foundation (Hebrew, English)



·         Shemer, O. and partners from the welfare department in Dimona. (2016). Wraparound in the community. Ministry of Welfare. (Hebrew).

·         Agmon-Snir, H. & Shemer, O. (2016). Cultural competence in community work. Ministry of Welfare. (Hebrew).


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