Dr Lauren Banko


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I joined the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies department in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow in Israel/Palestine Studies (2015-2018).  I received my PhD in History (Near and Middle East) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, in January 2014.  I previously taught at SOAS and Royal Holloway, University of London.  I received my MA in Middle Eastern History from the University of Louisville.

My PhD thesis, "The Invention of Palestinian Citizenship: Discourses and Practices, 1918-1939," focused on the years of the Palestine Mandate and the legislation and discursive creation of Palestinian nationality and citizenship.  The thesis analysed the British and the Palestinian Arab notions, definitions, and understandings of nationality, citizenship, and the rights associated with these statuses and they came into being under the British-administered League of Nations Mandate.  The thesis also touched on the citizenship --or lack thereof--of Palestinian Arab emigrants in the Americas, and the civic identity of Arabs both in Palestine and abroad during the years of transition between Ottoman and British mandatory rule.

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