I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with graduate affiliations in the departments of Anthropology and Linguistics. I finished my joint PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Chicago in 2010.
My research addresses the role of language in globalization, transnationalism and diaspora. I am also interested in the relation between public communication, media and citizenship, and regionally I research Israel in the Middle East. My publications to date and work in progress are based on extensive ethnographic, archival and linguistic fieldwork in Israel/Palestine.
I am currently completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Unexpected Citizens: Language and Non-Citizen Latinos in Israel, an ethnographic study of unauthorized Latino immigrants to Israel. An earlier project considered how religious nationalist settlers use tours of the City of David archaeological site in East Jerusalem to further the Israeli state’s territorial claims.
In my latest project, I consider the impact of Israeli English-language news websites on the digital dissemination of news about Israel and Palestine specifically, and about the Middle East more generally. Here, I am collaborating with others on an extensive digital component, in order to better track the digital dissemination of news online. The web-application we have been developing is called MediaCAT.