Al-Shabaka Policy Member Thayer Hastings is a master's candidate at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he is primarily studying critical citizenship, displacement and settler colonialism. After completing a B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, he returned to Palestine, where he carried out research and advocacy in law and human rights. Thayer worked with local Palestinian and international non-governmental organizations, including BADIL Resource Center and the American Friends Service Committee. His research and writing continue to be informed by a commitment to community-led initiatives and decolonizing methodologies.