Rebecca L. Stein

Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

External address: 
205 Friedl Building, 1316 Campus Drive Duke Box 900, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091
Phone: 
(919) 684-4663

My research studies linkages between cultural and political processes in Israel in relation to its military occupation and the history of Palestinian dispossession. I am the author of (with Adi Kuntsman) Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, 2015), which studies the interplay between new media and military occupation in the Israel/Palestine context, Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the co-editor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006). 

I am currently continuing work on a multi-book project about the ways that new communication technologies are meditating the everyday Israeli relationship to its military occupation -- including the ways such technologies are changing practices and logics of military 'counterinsurgency', altering the everyday terms of soldiering, changing the Israeli civilian relationship to Palestinians under occupation, and remaking the terrain of human rights work and anti-occupation activism within Israel. My first book on this topic --Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (with Adi Kuntsman) -- studied the place of social media within this equation. My second book project -- Captured: Israeli Military Rule on Camera --- considers the role of new photographic technologies and viral image networks within this framework, with a focus on how the smartphone camera has altered this political landscape. This work has been supported by grants from the Wenner Gren foundation and Palestinian American Research Council. 

My work on Israeli cultural politics has appeared in such journals as Critical Inquiry, Anthropological Quarterly, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Social Text, Public Culture, Theory and Event, Journal of Palestine Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1999
  • M.A., Stanford University 1995
  • B.A., Amherst College 1991

Stein, RL. "Military Closure in Gaza, 1992." Challenge 4, no. 3 (1993): 8-12.

Stein, RL. "The New Infiltrators: Defying Military Closure." Challenge 4, no. 4 (1992): 16-19.

Pages

Stein, RL. "From Shmaltz to Sacrilege: Commemorating Israel After Rabin." Middle East Report, 28, no. 207 (1998): 43-45. (Review)

Stein, RL. "Review of From Shmaltz to Sacrilege: Commemorating Israel After Rabin." Middle East Report 28 (1998): 43-45. (Review)

Stein, RL. "Review of Our Sisters’ Promised Land by Ayala Emmet." American Anthropologist (1998). (Review)

Stein, RL. "Itineraries of Peace: Remapping Israeli and Palestinian Tourism." Middle East Report, no. 196 (1995): 16-19. Full Text

Stein, RL. "Review of Political Tourism in Palestine." Stanford Humanities Review (1995). (Review)

Stein, RL. "Review of The Limits of the Revisionist Imagination." Middle East Report (1995). (Review)

Stein, RL. "Military Closure in Gaza, 1992." Challenge 4 (1993): 8-12. (Scholarly Commentary)

Stein, RL. "Rebuilding Jerusalem With Love’: Jewish Settlement in the Muslim Quarter." Challenge 3 (1992): 22-38. (Scholarly Commentary)

Stein, RL. "The New Infiltrators: Defying Military Closure." Challenge 4 (1992): 16-19. (Scholarly Commentary)

Stein, RL. "Review of Zealots for Zion by Robert Friedman." Middle East Report 23 (1991): 45-46. (Review)

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