Nadim N. Rouhana

Professor of International Affairs and Conflict Studies, Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program

  • Graduate Student Associate, Harvard University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • PhD, Wayne State University
  • MA, University of Western Australia
  • BA, University of Haifa


In addition to research and writing on conflict studies and international negotiation, Dr. Rouhana’s research includes work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli and Palestinian societies, the dynamics of protracted social conflict, collective identity and democratic citizenship in multi-ethnic states, settler colonialism, and questions of reconciliation and transitional justice. His most recent books include "Israel and its Palestinian Citizens: Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State," (Cambridge University Press, 2017); and "The Palestinians in Israel: Readings in history, politics, and society," (Mada al-Carmel, 2015). Dr. Rouhana is currently working on a book proposing a new paradigm for conflict resolution. Prior to joining The Fletcher School, Dr. Rouhana was the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He was a co-founder of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where he co-chaired the Center’s seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from 1992-2001. Dr. Rouhana is an Affiliate Faculty at the Harvard Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is also Founding Director at the Mada al-Carmel—Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa.

Curriculum Vitae - Nadim N. Rouhana

Professional Activities
  • Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
  • Teaching and Research positions at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and Najah National University, Nablus
  • Founding Director of Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa, Israel

Research Interests
  • New paradigms of conflict analysis and resolution
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Citizenship and democracy in multiethnic states
  • Settler colonialism and political transformation
  • Religion, nationalism, and conflict dynamics

• Rouhana, N. N. & Sabbagh-Khoury, A. (Under Review). Memory and the Return of History in a Colonial Context: The Palestinians in Israel. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.
• Rouhana, N. N. (Provisionally Accepted). Rethinking Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Reconsidering the National Conflict Paradigm. Ethnic and Racial Studies.
• Rouhana, N. N. (2015). Homeland Nationalism and Guarding Dignity in a Settler Colonial Context: The Palestinian Citizens of Israel Reclaim Their Homeland. Borderlands, 14,1.
• Rouhana, N.N. & Sabbagh-Khoury, A. (2014). Settler-colonial citizenship: Conceptualizing the relationship between Israel and its Palestinian citizens. Settler-Colonial Studies, 2014,
• Sabbagh-Khoury, A. & Rouhana, N.N. (2011). The Palestinian right of return: perspectives of Palestinians in Israel. Majallat al-Dirasat al-Falastiniyya, 86-110. (Arabic).

• Rouhana, N. N. (2017). (Ed.). Israel and its Palestinian citizens: Ethnic privileges in the Jewish state. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Rouhana, N.N. (1997). (Ed.). Palestinian Citizens in an Ethnic Jewish State: Identities in Conflict. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 312 pp.

• Rouhana, N. N. (2017). The psychopolitical foundations of ethnic privileges in the Jewish state. In N. N. Rouhana (Ed.) Israel and its Palestinian citizens: Ethnic privileges in the Jewish state. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Rouhana, N.N. (2012) Reconciling History and Equal Citizenship in Israel: Democracy and the Politics of Historical Denial. In Na’eem Jeenah (Ed.). Pretending Democracy: Israel, An Ethnocratic State. Johannesburg: Afro-Middle East Centre.
• Rouhana, N.N. (2011). Key issues in reconciliation: Challenging traditional assumptions on conflict resolution and power dynamics. In D. Bar-Tal (Ed.), Intergroup Conflicts and their Resolution: Social Psychological Perspective. New York: Psychology Press.
• Sabbagh-Khoury, A. & Rouhana N.N. Research on the Palestinians in Israel: between the academic and the political. In Rouhana N.N. and Sabbah-Khoury, A. (Eds.) (2011). The Palestinians in Israel. Readings in History, Politics and Society. Haifa: Mada al-Carmel, Israel.
• Rouhana, N.N., Shihadeh, M. & Sabbagh-Khoury, A. (2011). Turning points in Palestinian politics in Israel. In Michal Shamir and Asher Arian, (Eds.). The Elections in Israel -- 2009. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Books. (This book was published in English and in Hebrew.)
• Rouhana, N. N. (2008). Reconciling history and equal citizenship in Israel: Democracy and the politics of historical denial. In Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir (Eds.). The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

• May 2016: Rethinking reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- rethinking the conflict paradigm. A paper presented at a two-day workshop, Rethinking Transitional Justice and Reconciliation After Conflict the London School of Economics.
• April 2016: Zionism between triumph and defeat. A paper presented at a three-day workshop, Israel-Palestine, Lands and Peoples: Nationalism, Settler Colonialism, and Decolonization. The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Brown University, Providence, RI.
• November 2015: The future of the Palestinian National Movement and the future of Zionism. A paper presented at a two-day conference, The Future of the Palestinian National Movement. The Doha Institute. Doha, Qatar.



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