Rebecca L. Stein

Rebecca L. Stein

Bass Fellow

External address: 
205 Friedl Building, 1316 Campus Drive Duke Box 900, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091
(919) 684-4663


My research studies linkages between cultural and political processes in Israel in relation to its military occupation and the history of Palestinian dispossession. I am the author of (with Adi Kuntsman) Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, 2015), which studies the interplay between new media and military occupation in the Israel/Palestine context, Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the co-editor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006). 

I am currently continuing work on a multi-book project about the ways that new communication technologies are meditating the everyday Israeli relationship to its military occupation -- including the ways such technologies are changing practices and logics of military 'counterinsurgency', altering the everyday terms of soldiering, changing the Israeli civilian relationship to Palestinians under occupation, and remaking the terrain of human rights work and anti-occupation activism within Israel. My first book on this topic --Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (with Adi Kuntsman) -- studied the place of social media within this equation. My second book project -- Captured: Israeli Military Rule on Camera --- considers the role of new photographic technologies and viral image networks within this framework, with a focus on how the smartphone camera has altered this political landscape. This work has been supported by grants from the Wenner Gren foundation and Palestinian American Research Council. 

My work on Israeli cultural politics has appeared in such journals as Critical Inquiry, Anthropological Quarterly, 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.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1999

  • M.A., Stanford University 1995

  • B.A., Amherst College 1991

Stein, RL. "Political Tourism in Palestine." Stanford Humanities Review (1995).

Stein, RL. "The Limits of the Revisionist Imagination." Middle East report (New York, N.Y.) (1995).

Stein, RL. "Zealots for Zion, Robert Friedman." Middle East report (New York, N.Y.) 23.182 (1991): 45-46.


Stein, RL. "TRAVELLING ZION Hiking and Settler-Nationalism in pre-1948 Palestine." INTERVENTIONS-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES 11.3 (2009): 334-351. Full Text Open Access Copy

Stein, RL. "Souvenirs of conquest: Israeli occupations as tourist events." International Journal of Middle East Studies 40.4 (October 31, 2008): 647-669. Full Text Open Access Copy

Stein, RL. "Taboo memories, diasporic voices." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES 40.2 (May 2008): 321-322. Full Text

Stein, RL. "Daniel Lefkowitz, WORDS AND STONES." American Anthropologist (2006). (Review)

Stein, RL, and Swedenburg, T. "Popular culture, relational history, and the question of power in Palestine and Israel." JOURNAL OF PALESTINE STUDIES 33.4 (2004): 5-20. Full Text Open Access Copy

Stein, RL. "Of Cafes and Colonialism: Israeli Leisure and The Question of Palestine (Again)." Theory and Event 6.3 (2003). (Academic Article)

Stein, RL. "Israeli Interiors: Ethnic Tourism, The State, and the Politics of Space." European University Institute Working Papers 11 (2001). (Academic Article)


Stein, RL. "Review of Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices by Ella Shohat." International Journal of Middle East Studies (2007). (Review)

Stein, RL. "Review of Israeli backpackers: From tourism to rite of passage." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES 38.4 (November 2006): 612-614. (Review) Full Text

Stein, RL. "Review of Words and stones: The politics of language and identity in Israel by Daniel Lefkowitz." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 107.4 (December 2005): 731-732. (Review) Full Text

Stein, RL. "Tourism, the Nation-State, and Settler-Modernity in Israel." Anthropology News 45.8 (2004): 50-51. (Scholarly Commentary)

Stein, RL. "Israel und die kulturelle Politik des Tourisms." Sommer Akademie News August (August 2003).

Stein, RL. "Pappé Faces down Prosecution." Middle East Report 223 (2002). Full Text

Stein, RL. "Violence and its Rhetoric: Sharon’s Visit to Washington." Middle East Report (2001). (Liner notes)

Stein, RL. "Spatial Fantasies Israeli Popular Culture after Oslo." Middle East Report 216 (2000): 36-38. Full Text