I became captivated by the languages, culture and history of the Middle East and North Africa during a college semester abroad in Morocco in 1995. Morocco was the center of the world for me for years thereafter … until I had an unexpected opportunity to visit Palestine.I studied at Birzeit University in the West Bank from January to June 2000 and never looked back. In the years that followed, I returned to Palestine nearly every chance I got. Three months into the second intifada, I conducted interviews with about two dozen Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These were published in 2003 as the book Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada.
Wendy Pearlman is the Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern. She is the author of Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was named Foreign Policy’s runner-up for best book on the Middle East in 2011. Her first book, Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003), was a Boston Globe and Washington Post bestseller. Wendy has published academic articles in International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Palestine Studies, Politics & Society, Security Studies, and Studies in Comparative International Development, and commentaries in various media outlets. Wendy graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and earned her PhD in Government at Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and has held fellowships sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has studied or conducted research in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.