Simona Sharoni

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Simona Sharoni is an internationally-known feminist scholar, researcher and activist. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and is the author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women’s Resistance, (Syracuse University Press, 1995).

Sharoni has written extensively on gender dynamics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the North of Ireland, Middle East politics, the peace and justice movement peace and conflict resolution theory. sharonibookShe has also conducted research on the aftermath of peace agreements, comparing Israel-Palestine to the North of Ireland. She is currently co-authoring a book on the role of political ex-prisoners in peace-building in the North of Ireland. Militarization and de-militarization and the relationship between violence against women and the violence of war have been among her primary topics of interest.

For the past five years, Sharoni served as the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a national organization, which serves academics, activists and K-12 teachers and was based at the Evergreen State College in Olympia , Washington . Prior to moving to Olympia , Sharoni taught peace and conflict resolution studies American University in Washington DC and served as the Academic Director of its Peace and Conflict Resolution Semester. In that capacity, Sharoni took over 300 students on field trips to the Middle East and the North of Ireland. Sharoni Sharoni, who is Jewish, lived much of her life in Israel and served in the Israeli military. Her practical experience in the field of peace and conflict studies includes over two decades of research, writing, facilitation and community organizing both in Israel and in the United States . In Israel, where she also worked for ten years coordinating and facilitating dialogue groups between Israeli-Jews and Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship. There she a founding member of Women in Black and involved in advocacy work with Israeli women’s peace groups, which struggled to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She also contributed to solidarity work with Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in North America , with a special emphasis on women’s initiatives.

Sharoni’s research has been supported by grants from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (twice). She served on the Board of Directors of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), the Consortium of Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). She is often quoted in the media and her analyses were featured on such programs as CNN International, CNN Today, CNN Headline News, NBC News, MS-NBC, the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Voice of America, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Pacifica Network News, Democracy Now, WBAI, WPFW, KPFK, Inter-Press Service, London Radio, the Jim Bohannon Show and ANA–Arab Net. 466