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  Rebecca L. SteinContact Info:
Office Location:  205 Friedl Building, 1316 Campus Drive Duke Box 900, Durham, NC 27710
Office Phone:  (919) 684-4663
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Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 and by appointment

  • Ph.D. Stanford University 1999
  • M.A. Stanford University 1995
  • B.A. Amherst College 1991


Middle East
Mass Culture
Post Colonialism
Culture Theory
Research Interests:

Rebecca L. Stein's (PhD Stanford U 1999) research examines the relationship between Israeli cultural politics and transnational political processes in the Middle East, in the context of the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Her recent writing has explored the ways that Israeli popular culture is consumed in articulation with the transnational circuits of capital, labor, and culture that have attended the geopolitical reconfiguration of the region during the last decade. Trained in both cultural anthropology and cultural theory, her work is situated at the intersection of anthropology, post-structural theory, and political economy. Stein's teaching in the areas of Israel and Palestine history and culture, colonialism and nationalism, popular culture and consumption, gender and queer studies.

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Anna Dowell
  • Jeremy Siegman
  • Nina Arutyunyan
  • Guy Shalev
  • Yakein Abdelmagid
  • Stephanie Friede
  • Patrick Galbraith
  • Callie Maidhoff
  • Cagri Yoltar
  • Erin Parish
  • Anne-Marie Angelo
  • Laurel Bradley
  • Brenna Casey
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Stein, R; Kuntsman, A, Digital militarism : Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (2015), Stanford University Press [available here].
  2. R.L. Stein, Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (2008), Duke University Press.
  3. Rebecca L. Stein and Ted Swedenburg (eds.), Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (2005), Duke University Press.
  4. Joel Beinin and Rebecca L. Stein (editors), The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 (2006), Stanford University Press.
  5. R.L. Stein, Dispossession Reconsidered: Israel, Nakba, Things (in French), Ethnologie Francaise -- Special issue, "Israel au Quotidien" (2015).
  6. Stein, RL; Kuntsman, A, Selfie Militarism, London Review of Books (2014) [available here].
  7. Stein, RL, Viral Occupation Cameras and Networked Human Rights in the West Bank, Middle East Report (2013) [mero032013].
  8. Stein, RL, Inside Israel's Twitter War Room: History of a Social Media Arsenal, Middle East Report (2012) [mero112412].
  9. Stein, RL, An All-Consuming Occupation, Middle East Report (2012) [mero062612].
  10. Stein, RL, Impossible Witness: Israeli Visuality, Palestinian Testimony, and the Gaza War, Journal for Cultural Research (Special Issue on Arab Cultural Studies), vol. 16 no. 2-3 (2012), pp. 135-153, Informa UK Limited [repository], [doi[abs].
  11. Stein, RL, State Tube: Anthropological reflections on social media and the Israeli State, Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 85 no. 3 (September, 2012), pp. 893-916, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV INST ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [Gateway.cgi], [doi].
  12. Kuntsman, A; Stein, RL, Digital Suspicion, Politics, and the Middle East, Critical Inquiry (Online Feature on Arab Spring) (2011) [available here].
  13. Kuntsman, A; Stein, RL, Another War Zone: New Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Middle East Report (2010) [another-war-zone].
  14. Stein, RL, Israeli Routes Through Nakba Landscapes: An Ethnographic Meditation, Jerusalem Quarterly, vol. 43 (2010) [Israeli_Routes_Through_Nakba_Landscapes_An_Ethnographic_Meditation].
  15. Stein, RL, EXPLOSIVE, Glq: a Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 16 no. 4 (October, 2010), pp. 517-536, Duke University Press [repository], [doi[abs].
  16. Stein, RL, TRAVELLING ZION, Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 11 no. 3 (Fall, 2009), pp. 334-351, Informa UK Limited [Gateway.cgi], [doi].