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 U.S. and North Africa/Middle East region. Her current book project examines the deepening entanglements of regimes of war and policing and aid in Palestine, with attention in particular to the role of humanitarianism and development in liberal strategies of warfare. Her work has appeared in Geopolitics, Political Geography, Environment and Planning A, and the Middle East Report among other venues. She is currently developing new research on the global geographies of U.S. terrorism law with a focus on aid-security assemblages in the Middle East and Africa specifically.
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; race and securitization; war and counterinsurgency; theories of sovereignty and the state; violence; settler colonialism; geographies of the global south; Middle East and North Africa; U.S. in the Middle East; Palestine/Israel
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.
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.
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. 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. “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.
2017. “1967’s “Ghosts: Beyond a Truncated Imaginary.” Forum: Fifty Years of Occupation Middle East Research and Information Project. 7 June
2012. “’From the American People’: Sketches of the U.S. National Security State in Palestine.” Jadaliyya, 18 September.
Association of American Geographers, American Studies Association, Middle East Studies Association, American Anthropological Association