I am associate professor of anthropology in the Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies Department at the American University of Beirut. I grew up in Ramallah, Palestine, earned a BA from Brown University, an MA from the Institut National des Langues and Civilisations Orientales in Paris and PhD from MIT. I started working at AUB in 2007. My research and teaching interests are the Anthropology of medicine, science, birth, gender, war, oral history and infrastructure. I conducted field research in Palestine and Lebanon. My research has been supported by the Wenner Gren Foundation and the Palestinian American Research Center. My book project explores birth during the Second Intifada (uprising) in Palestine. It follows stories about birth in various sites of the medical infrastructure in the Central West Bank, from hospitals, to village clinics and homes. It explores the lives and work of birth-mothers, doctors, midwives, nurses and families in a context of shrinking, militarized spaces.
I have been teaching courses and mentoring students in the Sociology/Anthropology undergraduate major, the Anthropology MA program and the MA in Middle Eastern Studies program.
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