The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) promotes the academic study of Palestine by supporting research, teaching, and intellectual collaboration among scholars within Columbia University and beyond. CPS provides an institutional home for faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students at Columbia in fields that include history, literary studies, the social sciences, religion, philosophy, law, archaeology, architecture, and the arts. CPS also builds connections with other institutions and scholars to strengthen the academic study of Palestine and Palestinians throughout the United States and the world.

Launched in 2010, the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University is the first such center in an academic institution in the United States. The creation of the Center honors the legacy of Professor Edward Said at the university where he taught for forty years. Founded in the City of New York in 1754, and one of the premier research universities in the world, Columbia is the professional home to a concentration of distinguished scholars on Palestine, as well as to an award-winning supporting faculty in a variety of disciplines.

Salim Tamari Bio

Salim Tamari: Professor of Sociology (Emeritus), Birzeit University; Research Associate, Institute for Palestine Studies; Editor, The Jerusalem Quarterly.Recent Publications: Mountain Against the Sea: A Conflicted Modernity;  The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh (with Issam Nassar);    Year of the Locust: Erasure of the Ottoman Era in Palestine;    The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine (forthcoming 2017: UC Press);   Landed Property and Public Endowments in Jerusalem (with Munir Fakhr Ed Din, forthcoming 2017).Ph.D. Sociology, Manchester University; Visiting Professor: Ca Foscari University (Venice); Georgetown University (Washington); New York University; Cornell University; University of Chicago; Harvard University (Cambridge); Columbia University (New York).

Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands for several years, Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer and produced the feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi, in 1994.
In 1998 he directed his first film, The Fourteenth Chick, from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg, followed by his documentary Nazareth 2000, his second feature film Rana's Wedding and his second documentary Ford Transit.

In 2006 his film Paradise Now about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign language film in 2006.
In 2011 Abu-Assad finished working on The Courier, a Hollywood movie starring Jeffery Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger and Mickey Rourke. Recently he finished working on OMAR, a tragic love story set in occupied Palestine. OMAR won the jury price in the competition of Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival of 2013 and and has been nominated for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCARS) for Best Foreign Language Film 2014.
In 2015 Abu-Assad completed his 6th feature film "The Idol" Drama inspired by the incredible journey of the artist Mohammad Assaf, a singer from Gaza who won the Arab Idol show in 2013.

Currently, he is shooting The Mountain Between Us, a love survival story for Fox 2000 with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in the leads.