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Aseel Sawalha

Aseel Sawalha

Associate Professor of Anthropology (at Lincoln Center)
Associate Chair at Lincoln Center
Email: [email protected]

Office: Lowenstein Hall 917B
Phone: 212-636-6033
Fax: 212-636-7153


BA, MA, Yarmouk University;
PhD, CUNY, 2002

Research Interests

Urban anthropology, arts, gender, critical social theory, war and violence, globalization.

Selected Publications (Books)

Sawalha, A. 2010. Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City. University of Texas Press, Austin.

Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City - Aseel Sawalha

Selected Publications (Articles)

Sawalha, A. 2008. "Solidarity or Charity: International Support for Palestinians in the Post-Oslo Era," Dialectical Anthropology 32:197-202.

Sawalha, A. 2007. "Reconstructing Heritage and Tradition in Post-War Beirut." In Identity Conflicts: Can Violence Be Regulated? Jenkins, C., and Gottlieb, E.E., eds. Transaction Publishers, Somerset, NJ.

Sawalha, A. 2004. "Healing the Wounds of War: Placing the War-Displaced in Post-War Beirut." In Wounded Cities: Destruction and Reconstruction in a Globalized World, Schneider, J., and Susser, I., eds. Berg, London.

Sawalha, A. 2003. "The Crisis of Anthropology After Said's Orientalism," Al-Adab (Oct):28-35. (In Arabic)

Sawalha, A. 2002. "Place Attachment and Interest Groups in a Post-War Beirut Neighborhood." In Capital Cities: Ethnographies of Urban Governance in the Middle East, Shami, S., ed. Toronto University Press, Toronto.

Sawalha, A. 2000. "Beirut." In Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures, Ember, C. and M., eds. Human Relations Area Files, Farmington Hills, MI.

Sawalha, A. 1998. "The Reconstruction of Beirut: Local Responses to Globalization," City and Society 10:133-147.

Sawalha, A. 1996. "Identity, the Self and the Other: In a Poor Neighborhood in East Amman." In Anthropology for a Small Planet: Culture and Community in a Global Environment, Marcus, A., ed. Bradwine Press, Waterbury, CT.

Sawalha, A. 1996. "Identity and Survival Strategies Among Palestinian Refugees in Jordan." In Amman, Ville et Société, Hannoyer, J., and Shami, S. eds. CERMOC (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Moyen-Orient Contemporain, Beirut.

Sawalha, A. 1994. "Gulf War Returnees to Jordan: Coping Strategies and Long Term Implications." In Population Displacement and Resettlement: Development and Conflict in the Middle East, Shami, S., ed., Center for Migration Studies, New York.