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Pearlman Named to Middle East Studies Professorship

October 31, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Wendy Pearlman, assistant professor of Political Science, has been named the Crown Junior Professor in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University.

She specializes in the comparative politics of the Middle East, with a concentration on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Arab Levant. Her research focuses on conflict processes, social movements and the theory and practice of nationalism.

Pearlman is currently revising a book manuscript that examines 90 years in the history of the Palestinian national movement as an exploration of how a self-determination movement's internal cohesion or fragmentation affects its strategy. She is also beginning a research project on how emigration from Lebanon and other Arab states affects patterns of politics in their home countries.

Pearlman has studied or conducted research in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She received a PhD from Harvard University and has held fellowships sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government; the U.S. Institute of Peace; the Palestinian American Research Center; and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also received a Fulbright Fellowship to research North African immigrants in Spain.

Pearlman is the author of Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003), which offers a human portrait of the hardships of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Her commentaries on the Middle East have appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.
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