Nadim Rouhana

Nadim Rouhana

617-627-5451
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160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Research/Areas of Interest:

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

Education

  • Graduate Student Associate, Harvard University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • M.A., University of Western Australia
  • B.A., University of Haifa

Biography

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 When Politics Are Sacralized (Cambridge University Press, 2021), co-edited with Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian; 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), co-edited with Areej Sabbagh-Khoury and published in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Dr. Rouhana is the recipient of grants from the Luce Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and two Tufts’ Springboard Awards, among many others.

Prior to joining Fletcher, 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.

Since 2020, he has been the Director of Fletcher’s Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies. He is also the founding director of Mada al-Carmel–Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa.

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Research Fellow, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study
  • Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
  • Teaching and Research positions at Harvard University, Tel-Aviv University (Tel-Aviv), the University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (Jerusalem), and Najah National University (Nablus, Occupied Palestinian Territory).
  • Founding Director, Mada al-Carmel—Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa, Israel

Ongoing Areas of Research

  • Home, homeland, and belonging in divided societies
  • Non-Western paradigms of conflict analysis and resolution
  • Metaphors in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Citizenship and democracy in ethnic states
  • Settler colonialism and decolonization
  • The fusion of religion and nationalism and its impact on conflict dynamics

Selected Books

  • Rouhana, Nadim N. and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. (Eds.) When Politics are Sacralized:
  • International Comparative Perspectives on Religious Claims and Nationalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2021.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. (Ed.). Israel and Its Palestinian citizens: Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. and Areej Sabbagh Khoury. (Eds.) The Palestinians in Israel: Readings in History, Politics, and Society. Haifa: Mada al-Carmel. 2015.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. Palestinian Citizens in an Ethnic Jewish State: Identities in Conflict. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1997.

Selected Articles

  • Rouhana, Nadim N., and Areej Sabbagh-Khoury. “Memory and the Return of History in a Colonial Context: The Palestinians in Israel.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 21, (January 2019): 1-24.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Decolonization as Reconciliation: Rethinking the National Conflict Paradigm in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 41, no. 4 (2018): 643–62.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Homeland Nationalism and Guarding Dignity in a Settler Colonial Context: The Palestinian Citizens of Israel Reclaim Their Homeland.” Borderlands 14, no. 1 (2015): 1- 37.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. and Areej Sabbagh-Khoury. “Settler-colonial Citizenship: Conceptualizing the Relationship Between Israel and its Palestinian Citizens.” Settler-Colonial Studies, (2014): 205-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2014.947671

Selected Book Chapters

  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Religious Claims and Nationalism in Zionism: Obscuring Settler Colonialism.” In When Politics are Sacralized: Comparative Perspective on Religious Claims and Nationalism, edited by Nadim N. Rouhana and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Can There Be a Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict if Palestinian Citizens of Israel are not Involved?”. In Moment of Truth: Tackling Israel-Palestine’s Toughest Questions, edited by Jamie Stern-Weiner, 273-278. New York: OR Books, 2018.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Are Palestinians on the Road to Independence?”. In IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2017, edited by Laura Aimone Secat and Hugo Gallego, 40-45. Barcelona: European Institute of the Mediterranean, 2017.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. and Areej Sabbagh-Khoury. “Memory and the ‘Return of History’ in a Settler-Colonial Context: The Palestinians in Israel”. In Israel and its Palestinian citizens: Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish state, edited by Nadim N. Rouhana. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “The Psychopolitical Foundations of Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State”. In Israel and its Palestinian citizens: Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State, edited by Nadim N. Rouhana. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Reconciling History and Equal Citizenship in Israel: Democracy and the Politics of Historical Denial”. In Pretending Democracy: Israel, An Ethnocratic State, edited by Na’eem Jeenah. Johannesburg: Afro-Middle East Centre, 2012.
  • Rouhana, Nadim N. “Key issues in Reconciliation: Challenging Traditional Assumptions on Conflict Resolution and Power Dynamics”. In Intergroup Conflicts and their Resolution: Social Psychological Perspective, edited by Daniel Bar-Tal. New York: Psychology Press, 2011.

 

Selected Conference Presentations

June 2021: Keynote address to the “Conference on Studies of Belonging” organized by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Keynote title: Homeland and the Right to Belong.

June 2021: Palestinians’ Choices: Between the Homeland and the Unlikely State. Presented at Birzeit University’s Conference on “The Palestinian Future after the Confrontation”.

February 2020: Religious Claims and Nationalism in Secular Zionism: Obscuring Settler Colonialism. Presented as part of the “Contemporary Middle East Lecture Series” at London Middle East Institute, SOAS, University of London.

May 2016: Rethinking Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Rethinking the Conflict Paradigm. Paper presented as part of the workshop “Rethinking Transitional Justice and Reconciliation After Conflict” at the London School of Economics.

April 2016: Zionism between Triumph and Defeat. Paper presented as part of the workshop “Israel-Palestine, Lands and Peoples: Nationalism, Settler Colonialism, and Decolonization” at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University.

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

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations

ARTICLES

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, www.tandfonline.com/loi/rset20.

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).

BOOKS

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.

BOOK CHAPTERS

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.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

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 Workshop.at 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.