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Centre for Gender Studies

Ms Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe

BA (London), MSc (LSE), MPhil (Oxford)


Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe
Ms Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe
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Thesis title:
Perceptions and practices of 'citizenship' among Palestinian feminists in Israel


Kim is a third year PhD student at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. She holds a BA in Modern History and Politics (London), a MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union (LSE) and a M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Oxford). 

PhD Research

My research investigates how Palestinian women activists in Israel practice and perceive ‘citizenship’ as a strategy of resistance and a tool for realising their personal and political interests. More specifically, it suggests that in the context of Palestinian women’s citizenship in Israel, these practices and perceptions demonstrate the contentious nature of ‘citizenship’ as an individual and collective claim on and struggle for rights (including the right to subjectivity), duties, and opportunities in an environment marked by various intersectional categories of discrimination. Drawing on bell hooks’ theory of ‘marginal space’, this study instigates a departure from existing discourses on Palestinian ‘citizenship’ in Israel by closely engaging with Palestinian women activists’ own conceptualisations of ‘citizenship’ within and outside of the (Israeli) nation-state setting. These revolve around not only the gendered and racialised nature of the marginal ‘citizenship’ that Israel offers to Palestinian women, but also the conscious choice of women activists to develop this marginality as a space of ‘radical openness’ and political opportunity.

PhD Publications

Zinngrebe, K.J. (2014) ‘Review of The Politics of Reproduction in Ottoman Society, 1838-1900, by Gülhan Balsoy’, Feminist and Women Studies Association (UK & Ireland)

Zinngrebe, K.J. (forthcoming) ‘Claiming marginal space: the contentious politics of citizenship among Palestinian feminists in Israel’ book chapter in Contentious Politics in the Middle East, (ed.) Gerges, F., Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

PhD Conferences

'Gendered Citizenship: History, Politics and Democracy', The Ida Blom Conference, University of Bergen, Bergen, 14-15 October 2013

'Contentious Politics in the Middle East', LSE Middle East Centre PhD Conference, London School of Economics, London, 30 September 2013

'ʺDoing Citizenshipʺ in the Middle East and North Africa', SeSaMO Conference 2013, University of Pavia, Pavia, 17-19 September 2013

'Minorities and Majorities: Between Maginality and Participation in the Middle East', BRIMES Gaduate Section Conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, 8-9 May 2013


Doctoral Studentship Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst (funded by the German Protestant Church), awarded 2012


Gender and feminist theory, Israel-Palestine, feminist perspectives on citizenship theory, security and political violence, feminist and women's activism, relations between the Middle East and Europe