Palestinian-American Profiles

Randa Jarrar: Author and Professor
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Randa Jarrar: Author and Professor

“None of my characters are rooted to a particular place, and that makes all of them marginalized, outsiders, or outcasts,” says Randa Jarrar, an accomplished author, translator, and professor at California State University, Fresno. As a Palestinian American, Jarrar is intimately familiar with the struggles of identity and belonging, and brings that experience to her work. “That’s what makes for good writing,” she says. “When you write from the point of view of someone who is not inside the norm.”

on January 31, 2015
Lameece Issaq: Actor and Writer
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Lameece Issaq: Actor and Writer

In 2015, actor and writer Lameece Issaq will celebrate the five-year anniversary of Noor Theatre, the production company she co-founded that is dedicated to developing and supporting the work of Middle Eastern theater artists. Since its inception in 2010, Noor Theatre has been in residence at the renowned off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, and as Issaq looks back, she’s thrilled to find that what she’s doing is gaining traction.

on December 31, 2014
Thom Bishops: Actor
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Thom Bishops: Actor

In the spring of 2014, Palestinian-American actor Thom Bishops shot his 17th film, Time Out of Mind. The movie stars Richard Gere and Jena Malone, and Bishops was cast in the role of a vegan chef who offers kindness (and food) to a homeless man played by Gere. The film is enjoying success on the festival circuit—it showed at Rome and Toronto (where it won the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize) in October, among others.

on December 10, 2014
Lila Abu-Lughod: Professor and Author
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Lila Abu-Lughod: Professor and Author

Professor Lila Abu-Lughod's most recent work is the seminal book: Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. Edited with Ahmad H. Sa'di, it focuses on Palestinian memory and the experience of expulsion. It was published by Columbia University Press in April 2007. "Although all my own anthropological fieldwork over the last 30 years has been in Egypt, my chapter in the book is about my father's return to Palestine after 40 years," she says.

on October 10, 2014
Lama Abu-Odeh: Professor and Author
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Lama Abu-Odeh: Professor and Author

Lama Abu-Odeh is an accomplished scholar and professor at Georgetown University Law Center as well as at the university's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 1999, she taught at Stanford Law School. Abu-Odeh has written extensively on Islamic Law, including "The Politics of (Mis)Recognition: Islamic Law Pedagogy in American Academia," published in the American Journal of Comparative Law.

on December 31, 2013
Paul Ajlouny: Publisher and Businessman

Paul Ajlouny: Publisher and Businessman

Businessman Bulus (Paul) Ajlouny is a US Navy veteran and former publisher of Jerusalem's renowned daily newspaper, Al-Fajr. Born in Ramallah, Palestine in 1933, Ajlouny is the former Vice President and General Manager of Kinney Mechanical Maintenance, where he held responsibility for the maintenance of the World Trade Center, two Port Authority buildings, and other large-scale complexes.

on December 31, 2013
Laila Al-Marayati: Doctor and Humanitarian

Laila Al-Marayati: Doctor and Humanitarian

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati is a former Presidential appointee and Director of Women's Health at a large community health center in California. Born in 1962 and raised in a Palestinian family in Los Angeles, she ran her own gynecological practice for 11 years after earning her medical degree from UC-Irvine and receiving specialty training in gynecology at Los Angeles County USC Women's Hospital.

on December 31, 2013
Khaled Al Sabawi: Entrepreneur and Geothermal Pioneer

Khaled Al Sabawi: Entrepreneur and Geothermal Pioneer

Named one of the world's top energy entrepreneurs by the Global Post, Khaled Al Sabawi is a leader in green energy and the first certified geothermal engineer in the Middle East. He is founder and president of MENA Geothermal, a Palestinian company specializing in geothermal heating and cooling systems.

on December 31, 2013
Naseer Aruri: Professor and Author
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Naseer Aruri: Professor and Author

Naseer Aruri was the Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he taught from 1965 to 1998. Along with his prominent scholastic post, he held several significant positions both in and outside of government. He was a member of the Palestinian National Council, the parliament-in-exile of the Palestinian people and decision-making body of the PLO.

on December 31, 2013