Professor Laleh Khalili
BSc (Texas) MPhil, PhD (Columbia)
Professor of Middle East Politics
- Professor Laleh Khalili
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- Terms 1-3, 2014/15
BiographyLaleh Khalili’s first book, Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration (Cambridge 2007) drew on ethnographic research in the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj al-Barajna in Lebanon and focussed on the particular genres of commemoration – from the heroic practices of the heady days of Third Worldism to the tragic discourses of an era in which NGOs are ascendant. She also edited Modern Arab Politics (Routledge 2008) and co-edited (with Jillian Schwedler) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion (Hurst/OUP 2010). Her most recent book, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013), drew on interviews with former detainees of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and various Israeli detention camps and prisons – and military officers, guards, and interrogators, as well as a large number of archival sources to show the continuities in practices of detention in liberal counterinsurgencies from the Boer War until today. Her Time in the Shadows was the winner of the Susan Strange Best Book Prize of the British International Studies Association and the 2014 best book award of the International Political Sociology section of the ISA.
PhD Students supervised
- Anna C Rader, Identity in Practice: Legibility, Authentication and Citizenship in Somaliland
- Arash Sedighi, Rhizomatic Responses: The Politics of Women's Football in the Islamic Republic of Iran
- Benjamin Schuetze, Unforeseen and Contradictory Consequences of US and European Democracy Promotion in Jordan
- Indrė Balčaitė, A borderless village: transborder lives of Plong migrant workers in Bangkok, Thailand
- James Eastwood, The ethics of Israeli militarism: conflict and confession since 1982
- James H. Sunday, In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Power, Politics, and Participation in Contemporary Egypt
- Jamil Mouawad, Lebanon: The Negotiated State (Working Title)
- Kavita Maya, The Politics of British Goddess Spirituality: a feminist and critical race analysis (Working Title)
- Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe, Palestinian feminism(s) in Israel: claiming ‘indigenous citizenship’ through land, body, and mind
- Lewis Turner,
- Margarita Dimova, Dealing with the State: The Heroin Trade in Kenya
- Maria Rashid Zaidi, War in Imagined Battlefields: Men and Masculinities in the Service of the Nation
- Nadeem Karkabi, Neither Victims nor Heroes: Politics of Pleasure, Ethics of Resistance and Defiant Subjectivities at the Palestinian Alternative Music Scene in Israel and the West Bank.
- Natalie Abou Shakra, Beyond the Culture Industry, Contemporary Music of Dissidence in the Arab world: A case study of Egypt and Lebanon
- Thanos Petouris, The Anti-Colonial Movement in Aden and the Protectorates of South Arabia, 1937-1967
Sinews of War and Trade
Professor Khalili’s most recent research project engages the politics and political economy of war and militaries as it intersects with infrastructure, logistics and transport with specific focus on the Middle East and she has just wrapped up a much smaller project on the politics of pleasure. Laleh has always been interested in questions of violence, war, refugees, contentious politics, and gender and is interested in supervising doctoral theses that originally contribute to the scholarship in any of these areas.
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- Special Study Programmes
- Near and Middle East
Khalili, Laleh (2012) Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies. Stanford University Press.
Khalili, Laleh (2007) Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration. Cambridge University Press.
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Khalili, Laleh and Schwedler, Jillian, eds. (2010) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion. London: Hurst; New York: Columbia University Press.
Khalili, Laleh, ed. (2008) Politics of the Modern Arab World: Critical Concepts (4 Volumes). London: Routledge.
Khalili, Laleh and Treacher, Amal and Alldred, Pam, eds. (2008) War. Feminist Review, vol.88. Palgrave Macmillan.
Khalili, Laleh (2015) 'The Utility of Proxy Detentions in Counterinsurgencies.' In: Bachmann, Jan and Bell, Colleen and Holmqvist, Caroline, (eds.), War, Police and Assemblages of Intervention. Routledge.
Khalili, Laleh (2012) 'Al-Gindir wa Hurub Mukfaha Al-Tamarrud Al-Haditha (Gender and Modern Counterinsurgencies).' In: Said Makdisi, Jean and Hidawi, Rafif Reza and Bayyumi, Nuha, (eds.), Al-Nasawiyya Al-Arabiyya: Rawiyya Al-Naqdiyya. Centre for Arab Unity Studies, pp. 473-482.
Khalili, Laleh (2010) 'Palestinians: The Politics of Control, Invisibility and the Spectacle.' In: Manifestations of Identity: The Lived Reality of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. Beirut: Institute of Palestine Studies.
Khalili, Laleh and Schwedler, Jillian (2010) 'Introduction.' In: Khalili, Laleh and Schwedler, Jillian, (eds.), Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion. London: Hurst; New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 1-37.
Khalili, Laleh (2010) 'Tangled Webs of Coercion: Parastatal Production of Violence in Abu Ghraib.' In: Khalili, Laleh and Schwedler, Jillian, (eds.), Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion. London: Hurst; New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 77-96.
Khalili, Laleh (2010) 'The Ethics of Social Science Research.' In: Heacock, Roger and Conte, Edouard, (eds.), Critical Research in the Social Sciences: A Transdisciplinary East-West Handbook. Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Centre for International Studies.
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'Incarceration and the state of exception: al-Ansar mass detention camp in Lebanon.' In: Lentin, Ronit, (ed.), Thinking Palestine. London: Zed Books.
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'Introduction.' In: Khalili, Laleh, (ed.), Politics of the Modern Arab World. London: Routledge.
Khalili, Laleh and Humphries, Isabelle (2007) 'The Gender of Nakba Memory.' In: Sa'adi, Ahmad and Abu-Lughod, Lila, (eds.), Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and the Claims of Memory. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 207-227.
Khalili, Laleh (2005) 'Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon and the Right of Return.' In: Lustick, Ian and Lesch, Ann, (eds.), Exile and Return: Predicaments of Palestinians and Jews. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, pp. 19-40.
Khalili, Laleh (2005) 'Virtual Nation: Palestinian Cyberculture in Lebanese Camps.' In: Stein, R. L. and Swedenburg, T., (eds.), Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture. Duke University Press, pp. 126-149.
Khalili, Laleh (2014) 'The Uses of Happiness in Counterinsurgencies.' Social Text, 32 (1). pp. 23-43.
Khalili, Laleh (2014) 'Scholar, Pope, Soldier, Spy.' Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development., 5 (3). pp. 417-434.
Khalili, Laleh (2013) 'Thinking about violence.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45 (4). pp. 791-794.
Khalili, Laleh (2012) 'Fighting Over Drones.' Middle East Report (264). pp. 18-21.
Khalili, Laleh (2010) 'Gendered Practices of Counterinsurgency.' Review of International Studies . Firstview article.
Khalili, Laleh (2010) 'The New (and Old) Classics of Counterinsurgency.' Middle East Report (255).
Khalili, Laleh (2010) 'The Location of Palestine in Global Counterinsurgencies.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 42 (3). pp. 413-433.
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'Massacres and Battles: Commemorating Contentious Moments in the Refugee Camps of Lebanon.' American Behavioral Scientist, 51 (11).
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'On Torture.' Middle East Report (249).
Khalili, Laleh (2007) 'Heroic and Tragic Pasts: Mnemonic Narratives in the Palestinian Refugee Camps.' Critical Sociology, 33 (4). pp. 731-59.
Khalili, Laleh (2007) ''Standing with My Brother': Hizbullah, Palestinians, and the Limits of Solidarity.' Comparative Studies in Society and History, 49 (2). pp. 276-303.
Khalili, Laleh (2005) 'Landscapes of Uncertainty: Palestinians in Lebanon.' Middle East Report, 236 . pp. 34-39.
Khalili, Laleh and n/a, (2005) 'Places of Mourning and Memory: Palestinian Commemoration in the Refugee Camps of Lebanon.' Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 25(1) . pp. 30-45.
Khalili, Laleh (2004) 'Grass-roots Commemorations: Remembering the Land in the Camps of Lebanon.' Journal of Palestine Studies, 34 (1). pp. 6-22.
Conference or Workshop Items
Khalili, Laleh (2011) Too Early to Tell: When Is a Revolution a Revolution? In: Revolution in the Arab World: The Long View, Georgetown University.
Khalili, Laleh (2013) Women In and After the Arab Uprisings. Amsterdam: International Institute of Social History.
Khalili , Laleh (2014) 'A review of Victoria Brittain’s Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror.' The Political Quarterly, 85 (1).
Khalili, Laleh (2012) 'A review of Fiona de Londras’ Detention in the 'War on Terror': Can Human Rights Fight Back?' Review of Middle East Studies , 46 (2). pp. 274-275.
Khalili, Laleh (2011) 'A review of Rebecca Roberts 19 Palestinians in Lebanon: Refugees Living with Long-Term Displacement.' Journal of Palestine Studies, 41 (1). pp. 118-119.
Khalili, Laleh (2009) 'A review of Salim Tamari’s Mountain against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture.' Times Higher Education .
Khalili, Laleh (2009) 'A review of Lisa Wedeen’s Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen.' Times Higher Education .
Khalili, Laleh (2009) 'A review of Rebecca Stein’s Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism.' Times Higher Education .
Khalili, Laleh (2009) 'A review of Benoit Challand’s Palestinian Civil Society: Foreign Donors and the Power to Promote and Exclude.' Perspectives on Politics, 7 (3). pp. 684-685.
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'A review of Ilana Feldman’s Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967.' Times Higher Education .
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'Homeland Insecurity: A Review of Saree Makdisi’s Palestine Inside Out.' Times Higher Education .
Khalili, Laleh (2008) 'Women of Iraq War: A Review of Tara McKelvey’s One of the Guys and Monstering.' Feminist Review, 88 (1).
Khalili, Laleh (2007) 'A Review of Matthew Levitt’s Hamas: politics, charity, and terrorism in the service of Jihad.' International Affairs, 83 (3). pp. 604-605.
Khalili, Laleh (2007) 'A Review of Gyanendra Pandey’s Routine Violence.' h-Nationalism .
Khalili, Laleh (2007) 'Everyday Orientalism: A review of Bernard Rougier’s Everyday Jihad.' Middle East Report (244).
Khalili, Laleh (2007) 'A Review of Nadje al-Ali’s Iraqi Women.' European Journal of Women's Studies, 15 (1). pp. 41-44.
Khalili, Laleh (2007) 'Understanding Islam in Politics: A Review Essay.' Social Movement Studies, 6 (1). pp. 105-110.
Khalili, Laleh (2006) 'A Review of Joseph Massad’s The Persistence of the Palestinian Question.' Arab Studies Journal, Autumn .
Khalili, Laleh (2006) 'A Review of Maya Rosenfeld’s Confronting the Occupation.' H-gender-middle-east .
Khalili, Laleh (2006) 'A Review of Julie Peteet’s Landscape of Hope and Despair.' Middle East Journal, 60 (2).
Khalili, Laleh (2005) 'A Review of Mohammded Hafez’s Why Muslims Rebel.' International Journal of Middle East Studies, 37 (2). pp. 271-272.
Khalili, Laleh (2004) 'A review of Simon Haddad’s The Palestinian Impasse in Lebanon and Dorothée Klaus’s Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon.' Journal of Palestine Studies, 34 (1). pp. 86-88.