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Samera Esmeir, Darryl Li, Lama Abu Odeh, Lisa Hajjar, Noura Erakat, Amahl Bishara, and Chavisa Woods


Samera Esmeir, Darryl Li, Lama Abu Odeh, Lisa Hajjar, Noura Erakat, Amahl Bishara, and Chavisa Woods

Samera Esmeir is an associate professor in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California – Berkeley, and the author of Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012). 

Darryl Lian anthropologist and attorney, is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. He is on the editorial committee of Middle East Report.

Lama Abu Odeh, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center, writes on Law and Economic Development, Law and Gender, and Constitutional Law. Her scholarship is focussed on the Arab world. Her latest is a forthcoming article entitled, "Of Law and the Revolution".

Lisa Hajjar teaches sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara. Her research and writing focus on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. She is the author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005). In addition to being a Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, she serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report and Journal of Palestine Studies. She is currently working on a book about anti-torture lawyering in the United States. 

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University, Beasley School of Law and is the US-based Legal Advocacy Coordinator for Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. She has taugh International Human RIghts Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. Most recently she served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, chaired by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich. She has helped to initiate and organize several national formations including Arab Women Arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). Noura has appeared on Fox’s “The O’ Reilly Factor,” NBC’s“Politically Incorrect,” MSNBC, Democracy Now, andAl-Jazeera Arabic and English. Her publications include: "Litigating the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Politicization of U.S. Federal Courts" in the Berkeley Law Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law,  "BDS in the USA: 2001-2010," in the Middle East Report, and "U.S. vs. ICRC-Customary International Humanitarian Law and Universal Jurisdiction" forthcoming in the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy. She is a Co-Editor of You can follow her on Twitter at @4noura.

Amahl Bishara is the author of Back Stories: US News Production and Palestinian Politics (Stanford, 2012) and an assistant professor of anthropology at Tufts University. She is also the director of the documentaries Degrees of Incarceration and Across Oceans, Among Colleagues.

Chavisa Woods is a Brooklyn based literary author. Woods recently completed her second work of fiction, “The Albino Album,” a novel, which is set to be released by Seven Stories Press in the spring of 2013. Her debut collection of short stories, “Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind” (Fly By Night Press, 2009) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Debut Fiction. The second edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press, in 2012. 

Woods’ fiction poetry and essays have been published nationally and internationally in such publications as: The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Union Station Magazine, Matador, Danse Macabre, Sensitive Skin and other

Chavisa Woods was featured as a reader at The Whitney Museum as a member of the Chorus of Poets installed in a work by Christian Marlclay, 2011. She has also been featured at the New York Vision Festival, the New York HOT Festival, the Saints and Sinners Festival and others.. Woods has presented lectures on short fiction and poetry at a number of universities, including: New York University, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.