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Ziad Abu-Rish

Scholar of Middle Eastern Politics and State Formation

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Influential Academic and Analyst on Middle Eastern Affairs

Brief bio

Ziad Abu-Rish is a distinguished scholar and associate professor specializing in the history, political economy, and state formation of the Middle East, particularly Lebanon and Jordan. His academic work and teachings provide insightful analyses of political mobilizations and economic developments in the region.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Leadership: Director of the MA Program in Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College.

  • Scholarly Contributions: His research has significantly contributed to the understanding of state formation and economic development in the Middle East.

  • Educational Impact: Has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on global and Middle Eastern history and politics.

  • Public Engagements: Regularly speaks at conferences and panels, offering expert insights on Middle Eastern affairs...See More

  • Published Works: Authored numerous scholarly articles and has been featured in prominent academic journals, enhancing the discourse on political and economic issues in the MENA region.

  • Leadership in Academia and BDS Movements: Abu-Rish has played a critical role in academic settings and within the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. He led a teach-in for Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA and moderated a BDS panel, demonstrating his commitment to Palestinian advocacy through education and public discourse. [Watch more:]

  • Educational Contributions: As the director of the MA Program in Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College, Abu-Rish integrates discussions on human rights with a focus on Middle Eastern politics, thereby raising awareness about Palestinian issues among students and colleagues in academic circles.

  • Public Advocacy and Speaking Engagements: Through his public talks and participation in various panels, Abu-Rish has been a vocal advocate for understanding and addressing the political and social issues facing the Middle East, including the Palestinian situation.

  • Scholarly Publications: Abu-Rish has authored numerous articles and has been featured in academic journals, where he discusses the complexities of state formation and economic development in Lebanon and Jordan, providing a broader context that includes the challenges faced by the Palestinian people.

  • Community and Cultural Engagement: By participating in community-oriented events and discussions, Abu-Rish applies his research to current Middle Eastern social and political movements, including those pertaining to Palestine, helping to inform and mobilize support for Palestinian rights.

Date of Last Update: 
June 26, 2024

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