Middle East Studies

Ruba Salih

Fall 2021 Visiting Fellow in Palestinian Studies

Department: Anthropology and Sociology, Palestinian Studies

Ruba Salih is a professor at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research interests and writing cover transnational migration and diasporas across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and gender, the Palestine question, and refugees. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 

She is the author of Gender in Transnationalism: Home, Longing and Belonging Among Moroccan Migrant Women, and of Musulmane Rivelate: Donne, Islam Modernita’ (winner of the Premio Pozzale 2011). Currently, she is working on a book on the aesthetics of waiting and the politics of return among Palestinian refugees, which is to be published by Cambridge University Press. Among her publications are two co-edited special issues with Sophie Richter-Devroe: "Palestine and Self-determination Beyond National Frames: Emerging Politics, Cultures, and Claims" in the South Atlantic Quarterly (2018) and "Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: On the Politics of Arts, Aesthetic and Affect" in the Arab Studies Journal (2014). Her most recent articles include: "Displacing the Anthropocene: Colonisation, Extinction and the Unruliness of Nature in Palestine" with Olaf Corry in Environment and Planning E. Nature and Space (2021), and "From Standing Rock to Palestine We are United: diaspora politics, decolonisation and the intersectionality of struggles" with Elena Zambelli and Lynn Welchman in Ethnic and Racial Studies (2020).