(Ph.D., Anthropology, 2006)
Amahl Bishara is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. Her media practices include directing the documentary Degrees of Incarceration on the effects of political prison on a Palestinian community, and doing collaborative photography workshops at Lajee Center, a community-based organization in Aida Refugee Camp. Bishara’s book, Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics (Standford University Press, 2012) investigates the production of U.S. news during the second Palestinian Intifada. She is currently at the Radcliffe Institute, studying how Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians of the West Bank share aspects of their political identities, expressive cultures, and cultural norms, and how each group lives under Israeli sovereignty, albeit with different legal statuses and with very little political interaction between them. Her Culture and Media documentary: Across Oceans, Among Colleagues (2002, 32 min.) explores the work of the Committee to Protect Journalists advocating for freedom of the press and journalists’ human rights in the Middle East.