Rebecca Stein

Rebecca Stein is a cultural anthropologist at Duke University researching linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occupation and legacy of the Palestinian dispossession.  She is the author of Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age and Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism. Stein is also co-editor of Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture with Ted Swedenburg and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin.

Stein is currently working on a multi-book project about the ways that new media and communication technologies are recalibrating the Israeli relationship to its military occupation — altering military logics of ‘counterinsurgency,’ generating shifts in the everyday terms of soldiering, changing the Israeli civilian relationship to Palestinians under occupation, and remaking the terrain of human rights work within Israel. These projects have been supported by grants from the Wenner Gren foundation and Palestinian American Research Council.

Portions of this work have recently been published in Critical Inquiry, Anthropolological Quarterly, Middle East Report, and the London Review of Books blog. Stein’s work on Israeli cultural politics has appeared in such journals as The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Social Text, Public Culture, Theory and Event, Journal of Palestine Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.