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Rabab Abdulhadi


Public Statement: Rabab Abdulhadi Responds to AMCHA Allegations

[The following public statement was issued by Rabab Abdulhadi via Palestine Solidarity Legal Support on 18 June 2014. A footnoted version of this statement is available here.] Dear Friends and Colleagues, I write to provide a response to the false allegations made against me by the AMCHA Initiative in its latest escalation of the McCarthyist repression campaign to silence discussion of Palestinian rights on campus. The accusation that I misrepresented the ...

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Debating Palestine: Representation, Resistance, and Liberation


Palestinians are debating multiple inter-connected questions, including the question of representation, what strategy or strategies to adopt for liberation, the nature of the future state, and our relationship with the Arab revolutions, among others. Some of these questions are being debated in Al-Shabaka policy briefs such as those by Noura Erakat, Jamil Hilal, Haidar Eid, and others. I would like to discuss them through a critical review of our own recent ...

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Rabab Abdulhadi


Rabab Abdulhadi is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is the co-editor of the just released book from Syracuse University Press, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging. Her work has appeared in Gender and Society, Radical History Review, Peace Review, Journal of Women's History, Taiba: Women and Cultural Discourses; Cuadernos Metodologicos: Estudio de Casos; This Bridge We Call Home; New World Coming: The 1960s and the Shaping of Global Consciousness; Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life in America; The Guardian, Al-Fajr; Womanews, Palestine Focus, Voice of Palestinian Women, and several Arabic language publications, such as Falasteen Al-Thahwra, Al-Hadaf, Al-Hurriyah.

Her scholarship, pedagogy and public activism focuses on Palestine, Arab and Muslim communities and their diasporas, race and resistance studies, transnational feminisms, and gender and sexuality studies.

Dr. Abdulhadi has taught at six transnational sites of higher education including Yale University (from which she received her MA, MPhil, and PhD); CUNY Hunter College; the American University in Cairo (AUC); Egypt; and Bir Zeit University, Palestine. She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Sterling Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, and teaching excellence awards from Yale University and AUC.

Professor Abdulhadi is a scholar/activist committed to justice-centered scholarship and pedagogy. She was elected as President of the Arab Student Union and later became active in the General Union of Palestine Students-US Branch. She co-founded the Union of Palestinian Women’s Associations in North America (UPWA), and the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC). She was the first Arab or Muslim to be elected to the Board of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NY CLU). She served on the Board of the Brecht Forum; Co-Chaired the 3rd World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and has initiated and coordinated several national campaigns, including the 1985 collaborative tour with the African National Congress (ANC) in 26 US cities; the Howard Beach Anti-Racist Campaign; and the 500 Years of Genocide/500 Years of Resistance. She has participated in international gatherings such as the World Social Forum in India (2004); Brazil (2005); Kenya (2007); Senegal (2011) and the first World Education Forum in Palestine (2010).