My primary research interests are in Middle East Politics and International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a particular focus on nonviolent movements for peace and justice in the Middle East. My first two books examine nonviolent resistance by Israelis and Palestinians during the second intifada. I am currently finishing a book about transnational activism related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and am working on a textbook on nonviolence with a fellow-SIS alum, Julie M. Norman. My research interests have been shaped by childhood experiences abroad as well as my Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) upbringing. I have a 6 year old son and an almost two year old daughter, who keep me smiling and busy when not writing, teaching or grading. In my ever elusive free time I love to bake, run, spend time outdoors, read, and travel.
My experience at SIS
I returned from three years working in the Middle East to begin my graduate studies at SIS three weeks before September 11, 2001. Although I had intended to focus on women and international development, the juxtaposition of US narratives of the Middle East post 9/11 and my own recent experience, combined with Israel's reinvasion of the West Bank in Operation "Defensive Shield" in spring 2002 shifted my focus to the Middle East and to those who continued to work for peace in times of violent conflict. SIS had the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary expertise that made it easy for me to make this shift, and the flexibility for me to design my own concentration to complement my concentration in international peace and conflict resolution. I continue to be in regular contact with faculty from SIS, from my work as associate editor at the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development with Mohammed Abu-Nimer to a Peace Paradigms book project with Julie Mertus and other SIS alums, to annual conversations with faculty members like Patrick Jackson at the International Studies Association Conference, I continue to feel mentored by SIS faculty.
Current Position: Associate Professor of Middle East Politics and International Conflict Management, Joint appointment between Political Science/International Affairs and the PhD Program in International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia
Research Interests: Middle East Politics and International Peace and Conflict Resolution