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Dept. of Anthropology | George Washington University
Presentation: " Corruption and Humanitarian Governance"

Areas of Expertise

Historical anthropology, government and bureaucracy, humanitarianism, citizenship, policing and security, Middle East, Palestine


Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Her research has focused on the Palestinian experience, both inside and outside of Palestine, examining practices of government, humanitarianism, policing, displacement, and citizenship.  She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (Duke University Press, 2008); In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (Duke University, 2010; co-edited with Miriam Ticktin); and Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule (Stanford University Press, 2015).

She is currently working on a project, tentatively titled Life Lived in Relief: Palestinian Experiences with Humanitarianism Since 1948, which involves fieldwork and archival research in and about Jordan, Lebanon,Syria, the West Bank and Gaza. This project explores the dynamics of long-term humanitarianism and the politics of living in the humanitarian condition.


In May 2016 the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), an unprecedented gathering of international humanitarian actors convened by the UN Secretary General, was held in Istanbul. The preparation for the summit, consultations were held around the world with recipients of humanitarian aid.