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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.
 

Research interests

My research work is related to Palestine and the Palestine-Israel conflict. My research interests include social psychology and conflict resolution, intergroup Reconciliation and identity and citizenship. My research was based on first-hand experience and original data collection. My areas of research includes Palestinian women and youth.

My PhD thesis analyzes obstacles and difficulties that impede communication between Palestinians and Israelis. I explored the role People-to-People program as part of Oslo II agreement to encourage cooperation and contact as an effort to change attitudes, eradicate misconceptions and negative stereotypes among conflicting groups.

I evaluated the roles and agendas of the parties involved in the program and shed a light the asymmetry between Palestinians and Israelis that led to the failure of the program. I analyzed the discrepancy between the Palestinian and Israeli participants in such projects within the wider political situation and conflict. I discussed the international donor’s role in the joint projects. I showed that how the program minimized the conflict into attitudes and attitude change, ignoring facts on the ground related to the Israeli occupation and its practices against Palestinians.

Research supervision

Supervised two MA students, MA program in Arab Contemporary Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine. MA theses entitled:
1. “Quota System and its impact on the Political Participation of Arab Women.” Completed, June 2011
2. `“Identity and Citizenship of Jerusalem: Women between Reality and Obstacles.” Completed May 2013

Biography

From Palestine and worked at Birzeit University as an Assistant-professor from 2004-2012.

I have extensive teaching experience at Birzeit University on a wide variety of topics:

  • MA program in Arab Contemporary Studies Courses include: - Women in Contemporary Arab Society.
  • Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies Courses include: - Modern and Contemporary European Civilization.
  • Institute of Women’s studies, Courses included: - Psychology of Women.
  • Department of Education and Psychology Courses included: - Introduction to Psychology - Psychology of Personality - Social psychology.