People

Rana Barakat

Rana Barakat is an assistant professor of history and contemporary Arab studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago writing about popular politics and resistance in early twentieth century Palestine. Her research interests include the social history of Jerusalem, colonialism, and revolutionary social movements.

Ahmad Barclay

Ahmad Barclay is an architect and environmental designer presently based in Beirut. He is co-founder of arenaofspeculation.org, and also works on Visualizing Palestine and #3awda. Ahmad previously worked with DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) on the “Laboratory of Returns” project, investigating architectural models for the return of Palestinian refugees.

Omar Barghouti

Omar Barghouti is an independent researcher, commentator and activist committed to upholding international law and universal human rights. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Barghouti is a frequent public speaker and prolific writer. Among other works, he contributed to the philosophical volume, Controversies and Subjectivity (John Benjamins) and to The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid (Verso Books, 2001).

Hatem Bazian

Hatem Bazian is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has taught at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and is also a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to Berkeley’s Religion, Politics and Globalization Center as well as Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College of California.

Samia al-Botmeh

Economics and Gender Studies at Birzeit University in Ramallah, West Bank. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, and her thesis is entitled “Gender Differentials in Labor Market Outcomes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Previously, al-Botmeh worked as Senior Researcher and Coordinator of Research at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) in Ramallah and has published extensively on contemporary Palestinian economics, labor markets, and gender differentials.

Kamal Boullata

Kamal Boullata is a visual artist and writer. He is the author of Recovery of Place: A Study of Contemporary Palestinian Art (in Arabic, 2000) and Palestinian Art: Discontinuities and Resistance, 1845-2005. He co-edited If Only the Sea Could Sleep (with Mirene Ghossein, 2003) and We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon (with Kathy Engel, 2007).

Zaki Boulos

Born to Palestinian parents, Zaki has embarked on several careers, from sound engineering (10 years), to maintaining websites and editing content. He is also active on most issues concerning Palestine, providing technical/editorial assistance. He has helped set up communications at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (Beirut), and most recently he has been involved with Al-Shabaka on editing assignments. 

Diana Buttu

Diana Buttu is a lawyer who previously served as a legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team and was part of the team that assisted in the successful litigation of the Wall before the International Court of Justice.  She frequently comments on Palestine for international news media outlets such as CNN and BBC; is a political analyst for Al Jazeera International and is a regular contributor to The Middle East magazine.  She maintains a law practice in Palestine, focusing on international human rights law. 

Seif Da'Na

Seif Da'Na is associate professor of Sociology and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and executive committee of the Trans-Arab Research Institute.

Muna Dajani

Muna Dajani is a Palestinian environmental researcher and activist based in Jerusalem. Muna holds a Masters degree in International Development and Environment. Her research interests are environmental politics, community-led resource management, and social impacts of climate change.