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Lihi Ben Shitrit Visiting Fellow, Spring 2023

Lihi Ben Shitrit is an associate professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East. She is the author of Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Women and the Holy City: The Struggle over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space (Cambridge University Press, 2020) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her work has been supported by various fellowships including from the ACLS/Luce Religion, International Affairs and Journalism fellowship (2019-2020), Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative (2018-2019), University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (2017), and Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program (2013-2014). Ben Shitrit holds a Ph.D., M.Phil, and M.A. in political science from Yale University and a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. At the PLSMW she will be working on a book project tentatively titled Unrecognized:The Life of Mona Al-Habanin and the Story of Indigenous Bedouin Feminism in the Naqab/Negev Desert.