Summary of Qualifications
Regional expertise: The Middle East/North Africa. Has lived, studied, and worked in the region; has conducted research and published in and about the region.
Professional expertise: Conflict analysis & resolution; refugees; gender; youth; education; sustainable development; peacebuilding.
International experience: Has conducted work in Morocco, Jordan, Israel, West Bank/Gaza, Egypt, Turkey, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Moldova. Has also traveled to Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Spain (Barcelona), Wales, Scotland, England, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands, Germany, France.
Practical experience: Has extensive experience in project design, training, facilitation, monitoring & evaluation.
Academic credentials: PhD in Conflict Analysis & Resolution; MA in Middle East History; MS in Peace & Development. International study experience in the US, Israel, West Bank, and Sweden.
Languages: English (mother tongue), Hebrew (mother tongue proficiency), Arabic (proficient), French, and Farsi (intermediate).
Ph.D, Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (ICAR), George Mason University, VA, 2006. Dissertation: Unraveling the Right of Return: Israeli and Palestinian Discourse on and Attitudes towards the Right of Return
M.A. (with Honors), History of the Modern Middle East & Africa. Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel, 2000. Thesis: 1948 - Fifty Years After: Israeli and Palestinian National Identities and Collective Memories as Manifested in the 50th Anniversary Commemorations of the Establishment of the State if Israel, and of the Palestinian Nakba
M.S. (with Honors), Peace and Development Research (PADRIGU). Goteborg University, Sweden, 1999. Concentration: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
B.Sc, General Biology. San Jose State University (SJSU), California. 1992.
Applied Professional Experience
Director & Facilitator of intensive immersion study programs in Jordan, Morocco, and Israel/Palestine, which include meeting with community members, policy makers, academics, and activists (1998-present).
Co-Director, Abraham Vision’s / Vision Program, The Balkans. Co-Directed special program on Comparative Conflict Resolution. Traveled through Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia with Palestinian and Jewish students, met with local academics and experts, taught and facilitated conflict resolution skills (Summer 2011).
Organizer & Facilitator, interactive conflict-resolution workshops. Design and co-facilitate intensive, interactive workshops for primary parties in protracted conflicts, primarily from the Middle East. (2002-present).
Co-director, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution training for Humphrey Fellows, (2009).
Co-Executive Director, Mideast Peace Project (US-based). Initiated various conflict resolution and community building activities for Arabs and Israelis; co-directed and co-facilitated workshops on conflict resolution and Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2004-2005).
International Program Coordinator, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. Coordinated and marketed (worldwide) the IDC’s International Studies Program; created and developed all non-academic aspects of the program. Arranged special scholarships for Palestinian students (1999-2001).
Project Coordinator & Facilitator, Economic Cooperation Foundation. Coordinated/facilitated a project entitled “Bringing the Refugees In,” the goal of which was to familiarize the Israeli public with the Palestinian refugee issue, and the Palestinian refugees with Israeli reality. Responsibilities included guiding visits to camps in the West Bank and Gaza, lecturing on refugee and identity issues, and working closely with the project’s Palestinian counterparts (1999-2000).
Project Manager, EcoPeace (Friends of the Earth Middle East). Managed projects reviewing environmental impacts of development plans around the Dead Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, and options for sustainable development in those regions. Responsibilities included coordinating professional workshops (in Amman, Alexandria, Ramallah, and Tel Aviv), hiring regional subject-matter experts, and compiling a final report (1996-1997).
Activities Director, WUJS Institute, Arad, Israel. Planned and organized all extra-curricular activities such as seminars, hikes/excursions, and special theme programs, for professionals ages 21-40 (1993-1996).
Activities Director, International House, San Jose State University. Directed social and cultural activities for 85 international students (1990-1992).
Director, Youth Movement, Pardes-Hanna-Karkur; Tel Aviv. Directed local youth movement of around 350 youths (ages 9-18); designed, implemented, and oversaw meetings, hikes, ceremonies, cultural events, and other educational programs. Directed & oversaw the work of counselors (ages 16-18), and worked with parents and with the broader community (1985-1986; 1992).
School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University; School of International Service, American University; School of Government, College of William and Mary; The Elliott School of International Affairs (Middle East Program), George Washington University; University for Peace, Costa Rica. The Middle East Institute.
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Challenges and Change in the Contemporary Middle East
Conflict and Peacebuilding in Divided Societies in the Middle East
Ethnic & Religious Dimensions of Conflict
Gender, Power, & Conflict in the Middle East
The Changing Dynamics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Refugees & Forced Migration in the ME
Theories of Conflict, Violence, and War Cross-Cultural Communication
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
MS Capstone/Integration course
Middle East Senior Seminar
Designing Conflict Resolution Workshops
Research Philosophy & Methods
Innovative Strategies for Change: Civil Society, Peacebuilding and Development