Lisa Bhungalia is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. She holds a PhD in Geography from Syracuse University, and she has also held postdoctoral fellowships in Geography at Ohio State University and in the Humanities at Syracuse University. Her 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. 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. She is currently developing new research on the social lives of terrorism databases.
Ph.D. in Geography, Syracuse University, 2013, M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought, New York University, B.A. in English, Ohio State University
Aid politics, sovereignty, Race and Securitization, War and Counterinsurgency, Violence, Law, critical theory, settler colonialism, geographies of the global south, Middle East and North Africa, US in the Middle East, Palestine/Israel
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.
Association of American Geographers, Middle East Studies Association, American Studies Association