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Camelia Suleiman

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Books  Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: The Politics of Self-Perception in the Middle East

Camelia Suleiman is an American academic who currently serves as assistant professor of Arabic Studies at Michigan State University. She has also served as the Academic Director of the school's Arabic Flagship Program. In 2011, she published Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: The Politics of Self-Perception.

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Education

Born in Nazareth to an old family from the town, Suleiman graduated from University of Haifa with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English Linguistics and literature, and a master's degree in Linguistics, as well as a degree in language pedagogy. Suleiman earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 2000, specializing in Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis.

Academic career

Her research interest lies in the area of "language and identity in relation to gender, politicians' use of language in the media, and national identity, in both the American and the Arab countries’ contexts." She has published articles in journals including Pragmatics, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Middle East Critique, and Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. Currently, Suleiman is studying "Arabic and national identity in relation to the post-Arab Spring Middle East." She serves as the Assistant Professor of Arabic in the Languages Department at Michigan State University and has served as the Academic Director of the school's Arabic Flagship Program. Until fall 2015, she is also the Arabic language coordinator at MSU. She is also on the Editorial Board of 'Journal of Psycholinguistic Research', 'Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless' and Al-cArabiyya, the annual journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.

Suleiman received a Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and multiple research grants in the US.

In 2011, Suleiman published Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: The Politics of Self-Perception. She drew upon her background in linguistic analysis to examine "the interplay of language and identity, feminism and nationalism, and how the concepts of spatial and temporal boundaries affect self-perception." In writing the book, she interviewed peace activists from a variety of backgrounds, including Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, Jewish Israelis, and Palestinians from Ramallah (who hold Jordanian passports). The book provided "vital first-hand analysis of the [Israel-Palestine] conflict and its impact upon both Israelis and Palestinians." Her earlier publications received media coverage, such as her work on the political styles of Bill and Hillary Clinton (co-authored with Daniel C. O'Connell) and a comparative work on the styles of Barack Obama, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Bill and Hillary Clinton (also co-authored with Daniel C. O'Connell).

Personal life

Suleiman is married to Russell Lucas and has two children.

References

Camelia Suleiman Wikipedia


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