Dr. Lisa Bhungalia is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Fellow at the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Bhungalia’s research explores the relationship between national securitization, liberal warfare, and transnational linkages and encounters between the US and North Africa/Middle East region. Her current book project examines the deepening entanglements of regimes of war, policing, and aid in Palestine, with attention to the role of humanitarianism and development in liberal strategies of warfare. She is also currently developing new research on the social lives of terrorism databases. Her work has appeared in Geopolitics, Political Geography, Politics and Space, Environment and Planning A, Society and Space, and the Middle East Report, among other venues. Dr. Bhungalia will be on research leave in the 2020-21 academic year as an ACLS fellow to complete her book manuscript, “From the American People”: Aid, War, and US Security State in Palestine. She will also be a visiting scholar at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
Ph.D. in Geography, Syracuse University; M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University; B.A. in English, Ohio State University
2019. “Laughing at power: Humor, transgression, and the politics of refusal in Palestine.” Politics & Space
2019. “The Shifting Contours of US Power and Intervention in Palestine.” Middle East Report 290: 13-19. Co-authored with Jeannette Greven and Tahani Mustafa.
2018. “Governing Terror: Aid, Security, and War in Palestine” in “Interventions – (Re)thinking the Politics of Governing the Ungovernable,” eds. Fouad Marei and Mona Atia, Political Geography.
2018. “Governing Banishment: Settler-colonialism, Territory, and Life in an Economy of Death” in Geographies of Power, eds. J. Agnew and M. Coleman. London: Edward Elgar, Spring 2018.
2017. “1967’s “Ghosts: Beyond a Truncated Imaginary.” Forum: Fifty Years of Occupation Middle East Research and Information Project. 7 June
2015. “Managing Violence: Aid, Counterinsurgency, and the Humanitarian Present in Palestine.” Environment and Planning A, 47(11): 2308-2323.
2015. “Introduction: Geographies of Humanitarian Violence.” Environment and Planning A 47(11): 2232 –2239. Co-authored with Patricia Lopez and Leonie Newhouse.
2012. “Im/Mobilities in a ‘Hostile Territory’: Managing the Red Line.’” Geopolitics 17(2): 256-275.
2017. Book Review: Benevolent Empire: U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World's Dispossessed by Stephen Porter. International Migration Review, January 2018.
2016. Book Review: Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule by Ilana Feldman. Theoretical Criminology 20(4): 525-528.
2016. Book Review: “On USAID, soft power, and American globalism: A review of Development, Security, and Aid: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics at the U.S. Agency for International Development by Jamie Essex. Dialogues in Human Geography 6(1): 88-90.
2014. A review of Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism by Judith Butler. Society and Space, Open Site.
2012. “’From the American People’: Sketches of the U.S. National Security State in Palestine.” Jadaliyya, 18 September.
(Forthcoming) “Governing Suspects: Race and Economies of Threat in American Warfare” in Insecurity, eds. R. Grusin and M. Ryan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (current)
Palestinian American Research Center Fellowship (current)
Mershon Center for International Security Studies Faculty Research Grant (past)
PARC Fellowship for Dissertation Research (past)
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (past)