Amahl A. Bishara is an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University whose work addresses expressivity, rights, and politics. She is the author of Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics (Stanford University Press, 2013) and the director of the documentary Degrees of Incarceration (2010).
Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians of the West Bank share aspects of their political identities, expressive cultures, and cultural norms, and each group lives under Israeli sovereignty, albeit with different legal statuses. Despite these similarities, organized political interaction between them is scant. To understand this puzzle, Bishara ethnographically examines the different conditions for political expression and action for each group.
Bishara received her PhD and a certificate in culture and media from New York University. She is a recipient of a Post-PhD Research Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and a National Endowment for the Humanities–funded fellowship at the Palestinian American Research Center.