Lihi Ben Shitrit is Assistant Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. She was also a visiting assistant professor in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School (2013-2014). Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East. Her first book, Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. Her other recent publications include: "Women, Freedom, and Agency in Religious-Political Movements: Reflections from Women Activists in Shas and the Islamic Movement in Israel" (Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 9.3, 2013); "Religion, Society and Politics in the Middle East" (with Robert Lee in The Middle East, CQ Press, 2013); and "Activism and Civil War in Libya" (with Intissar K. Rajabany in Taking to the Streets: Activism, Arab Uprisings, and Democratization, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Ben Shitrit has also worked extensively with civil society organizations, the U.S. State department, and USAID on conflict resolution and peace-building projects in the Israeli-Palestinian context. She holds a Ph.D., M.Phil, and MA in political science from Yale University and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University.

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Lihi Ben Shitrit (2016-2017)