Dr. Rana Zaher is from Nazareth city, north of Israel, and works as a lecturer of Linguistics at the English Language and Literature Department of Oranim Academic College. Dr. Zaher graduated from the Salvatorian Sisters' Greek Catholic High School in Nazareth, and pursued her academic studies at the University of Haifa where she completed her BA double majoring in English Language and Literature and Special Education in 1997. In 2001, she was awarded her MA from the English Langauge and Literature Department of the University of Haifa as well, majoring in Sociolinguistics. Her doctorate studies were pursued in England, at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford where she was awarded her PhD in Sociolinguistics in 2011. Currently, she is conducting her post-doctorate research at the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Zaher's research interests include language and gender, and language and nationalism.
Daniel Zisenwine (PhD, Tel Aviv University, 2005) teaches modern Middle East and North African history. His research focuses on modern North African politics and society. He is the author of The Emergence of Nationalist Politics in Morocco (I.B. Tauris, 2010) and Tunisia under Ben 'Ali: A History of an Authoritarian Regime (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).
Ms. Shany Alexander holds a BA in Hebrew Linguistics, and completed a course at Hebrew University specializing in teaching Hebrew as a foreign language. Alexander has been teaching Hebrew for eight years and is currently doing a MA in Jewish Thought and History.
Dr. Yakub Halabi finished his BA degree at the Hebrew University majoring in Economics and International Relations. In 1994, he completed his Master’s degree in International Relations, specializing in international political economy and political economy of the Middle East. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Halabi pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Denver, School of International Studies. Dr. Halabi has taught between 2001-2010 at the University of Haifa and from 2010-2017 both at Concordia University in Montreal and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. During the last few years, Dr. Halabi has devoted his research interest to the politics and rights of minorities, such as the Christians, Druze and Kurds, in both Lebanon and Syria. Dr. Halabi has published two books and numerous articles dealing with IR theories and Middle East politics.