Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab
Research Fellow in Palestine studies
BA, Birzeit University. MA, University of South Carolina. PhD, University of Exeter.
In spring, 2010 I was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.
I joined the European Center for Palestine Studies in 2011 as an Honorary Fellow and as an Associate Research Fellow in 2013.
I have an extensive teaching experience at Birzeit University in Palestine. My experience in teaching at Birzeit University raised my awareness to the need of more studies and academic research on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. For example, teaching European Civilization to Palestinian students was an inspiring experience.
The discussions in classes drew my attention to the reaction of the students to Western theories on democracy and liberty. I noticed that students have mixed up views on the meaning of modernity and compare it to Islam teachings. This encouraged me to conduct reach on Arab youth and critical thinking in relation to the current revolutions in the Arab world.
In 2010 I was Awarded AMIDEAST “Teaching Excellence Award” that recognizes teaching commitment to teaching and non-traditional class methods. I am currently working on writing a book based on PhD thesis.