The Department of Sociology, Hearing Palestine, and The Palestine Forum are pleased to host Areej Sabbagh-Khoury of the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and author of “Colonizing Palestine: The Zionist Left and the Making of the Palestinian Nakba”
Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests lie in political and historical sociologies, colonialism, indigenous studies, memory, and critical social theory. She is the author of Colonizing Palestine: The Zionist Left and the Making of the Palestinian Nakba (Stanford University Press, 2023), the first empirical study that carefully traces the process of the dispossession and displacement of rural Palestinians by kibbutz settlers in Northern Palestine’s Jezreel Valley before, during, and after 1948. Based on research in eight archives, Colonizing Palestine also examines the representation of colonial violence in “leftist socialist” kibbutz discourse. She has published widely on settler colonialism, political sociology, and the Palestinian citizens in Israel in journals including Sociological Theory, Politics and Society, Theory and Society, Current Sociology, and The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, among others. She is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships from foundations like the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation, Palestinian American Research Center, Fulbright, and the Council for Higher Education. Sabbagh-Khoury is a member of the General Assembly and Academic Research Committee of Mada al-Carmel—Arab Center for Applied Social Studies. She received her doctorate in sociology from Tel Aviv University and subsequently held postdoctoral appointments at Columbia, New York, Brown, and Tufts Universities.