Rebecca L. Stein

Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

ACLS Fellowship 2015-2016 awarded by American Council of Learned Societies (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

New Media and the Israeli Military Occupation awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2012

Repossessions: The Social Life of Palestinian Things in Jewish-Israel awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2008

Stein, R, and Kuntsman, A. Digital militarism : Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age. Stanford University Press, 2015.

Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture. Ed. RL Stein and T Swedenburg. Duke University Press, 2005.

The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005. Ed. RL Stein and J Beinin. Stanford University Press, 2005.

Stein, RL. "Tours that Bind: Review of Shaul Kelner." Journal of Tourism History (2011).

Stein, RL, and Scham, P. "Shared Histories." International Journal of Middle East Studies (2007).

Stein, RL, and Shohat, E. "TABOO MEMORIES, DIASPORIC VOICES." International Journal of Middle East Studies (2007).

Stein, RL, and Lefkowitz, D. "WORDS AND STONES." American Anthropologist (2006).

Stein, RL. "Israeli Backpackers: From Tourism to Rite of Passage." International Journal of Middle East Studies (2006).

Stein, RL. "Zionism's Internal Critics." Journal of Palestine Studies 31.4 (2002).

Stein, RL. "From Shmaltz to Sacrilege: Commemorating Israel After Rabin." Middle East report (New York, N.Y.) 28.207 (1998): 43-45.

Stein, RL. "Our Sisters' Promised Land, Ayala Emmet." American Anthropologist (1998).

Pages

Stein, RL. "Of possessions and dispossessions: A story of Palestinian property in jewish Israeli lives." Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel. September 1, 2012. 295-305.

Stein, RL. "Of Houses and Homelands: Israel, Palestine, Things." Struggle and Survival in Palestine and Israel. Ed. G Shafir and M LeVine. 2012.

Stein, RL. "On Tourism and Politics in Israel: A Response to Eric Meyers." Archeology, Politics, and the Media. Ed. E Meyers. Eisenbrauns, 2009.

Stein, RL, and Beinin, J. "Histories and Futures of a Failed Peace." The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005. 2006.

Stein, RL. "The Oslo Process, Israeli Popular Culture, and the Remaking of National Space." The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005. 2006.

Stein, RL. "Balad of the Sad Cafe: Israeli Leisure, Palestinian Terror, and the Post/colonial Question." Postcolonial Studies and Beyond. Ed. A Loomba, S Kaul, M Bunzl, and E al. Duke University Press, 2006.

Stein, RL, and Swedenburg, T. "Popular Culture, Transnationality, and Radical History." Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture. Duke University Press, 2005.

Stein, RL. ""First Contact’ and Other Israeli Fictions: Tourism, Globalization, and the Middle East Peace Process"." Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture. Ed. RL Stein and T Swedenburg. Duke University Press, 2005.

Stein, RL. "GoPro Occupation: Networked Cameras, Israeli Military Rule, and the Digital Promise." Current Anthropology 58.S15 (February 2017): S56-S64. Full Text

Stein, RL. "#StolenHomes: Israeli tourism and/as military occupation in historical perspective." American Quarterly 68.3 (September 1, 2016): 545-555. (Review)

Stein, RL. "Dispossession Reconsidered: Israel, Nakba, Things." Ethnologie Francaise 45.2 (January 1, 2015): 309-320. Full Text

Stein, R. "Performative zion: Butler’s parting ways." Studies in American Jewish Literature 33.2 (January 1, 2014): 259-263. Full Text

Stein, R. "Performative Zion: Butler's Parting Ways." Studies in American Jewish Literature 33.2 (2014): 259-263. Full Text

Stein, RL, and Kuntsman, A. "Selfie Militarism." London Review of Books (2014).

Stein, RL. "Impossible Witness: Israeli Visuality, Palestinian Testimony, and the Gaza War." Journal for Cultural Research (special issue on Arab Cultural Studies) (2012). (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Kuntsman, A, and Stein, RL. "Digital Suspicion, Politics, and the Middle East." Critical Inquiry (online feature on Arab Spring) (2011). Open Access Copy

Stein, RL. "EXPLOSIVE: Scenes from Israel's Gay Occupation." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16.4 (January 1, 2010): 517-536. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pages

Stein, RL. "Viral Occupation Cameras and Networked Human Rights in the West Bank." Middle East Report (2013). (Academic Article)

Stein, RL. "Inside Israel's Twitter War Room: History of a Social Media Arsenal." Middle East Report (2012). (Scholarly Commentary)

Stein, RL. "An All-Consuming Occupation." Middle East Report (2012). (Academic Article)

Stein, RL. "The Other Wall: Facebook and Israel." London Review of Books blog (April 19, 2011). (Blog)

Stein, RL. "Bin Laden’s TV." Jadaliyya (2011).

Stein, RL. "Tours that Bind: Review of Shaul Kelner." Journal of Tourism History (2011). (Review)

Stein, RL. "Review of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 112.4 (December 2010): 666-667. (Review) Full Text

Stein, RL. "Review of Israeli Culture Between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance by Yaron Peleg." Middle East Report 254.Spring (2010). (Review)

Kuntsman, A, and Stein, RL. "Another War Zone: New Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Middle East Report (2010). (Academic Article)

Stein, RL. "Review of Shared histories: A Palestinian-Israeli dialogue by Paul Scham, et al." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES 40.1 (February 2008): 154-156. (Review)

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