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Rebecca L. Stein, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Bass Fellow of Cultural Anthropology

Rebecca L. Stein
Office Location:  205 Friedl Building, 1316 Campus Drive Duke Box 900, Durham, NC 27710
Office Phone:  (919) 684-4663
Email Address:  send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2021):

  • Focus 195fs.02, Special topics in focus Synopsis
    East duke 108, M 05:00 PM-06:30 PM
  • Culanth 228fs.01, Human rights on camera Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 204, MW 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as ISS 228FS.01)
  • Ames 620s.01, Genealogies of the middle east Synopsis
    White 201, Th 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 526S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2022):

  • Culanth 148.01, Israel/palestine Synopsis
    Lsrc a247, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 244.01, ENVIRON 147.01, JEWISHST 148.01, POLSCI 159.01, PUBPOL 178.01, RIGHTS 148.01)
  • Culanth 405s.01, Media and conflict Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 204, Th 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 405S.01, ICS 416S.01, VMS 405S.01)
Office Hours:

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.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Stein, R; Kuntsman, A. Digital militarism : Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age.  Stanford University Press, 2015. [available here]
  2. R.L. Stein. Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism.  Duke University Press, 2008.
  3. Rebecca L. Stein and Ted Swedenburg (eds.). Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture.  Duke University Press, 2005.
  4. Joel Beinin and Rebecca L. Stein (editors). The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005.  Stanford University Press, 2006.
  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) 16:2-3 (2012): 135-153. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  11. Stein, RL. "State Tube: Anthropological reflections on social media and the Israeli State." Anthropological Quarterly 85:3 (September, 2012): 893-916. [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 43 (2010). [Israeli_Routes_Through_Nakba_Landscapes_An_Ethnographic_Meditation]
  15. Stein, RL. "EXPLOSIVE: Scenes from Israel's Gay Occupation." Glq: a Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16:4 (January, 2010): 517-536. [repository], [doi]
  16. Stein, RL. "TRAVELLING ZION." Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 11:3 (Fall, 2009): 334-351. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]

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