Dr. Eileen Kuttab
Associate Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University.
Chair of the focal point of the Arab Council for Social Sciences, Ramallah.
Member of the Arab Families Working Group.
Member of Al-Marsad-Monitor for Social and Economic Affairs.
Dr. Eileen Kuttab is an academic, feminist, and unionist leader. She has been an Associate Professor in Sociology at Birzeit University and was the founding Director of the Institute of Women Studies at the same university from 1998-2008 and 2014-2016. Her research interests and publications have focused on issues related to feminism and nationalism, and social movements with a focus on the Palestinian women's movement. Her recent involvement in research and advocacy is focused on gender and development, critiquing mainstream development and promoting alternative development paradigms under settler colonialism.
She has also addressed the different coping strategies that Palestinian households adopted in the different uprisings. Recently, she developed interest in publishing work on neoliberalism and higher education institutions focusing on the commodification of higher education as an obstacle to critical thinking. Kuttab is also revisiting concepts like empowerment in a Palestinian context, where resistance is becoming a tool for empowerment, and where “empowerment as resistance” is becoming a slogan for development. Additionally, she is also pursuing research on youth and political participation and mobilization with a gender perspective.
Kuttab is a founding member of the Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS) based in Beirut, a board member of the council from 2006 until 2014, and currently the chair of the focal point of the ACSS in Ramallah in Palestine. As a woman activist, she has served on boards of various women’s grassroots organizations, development and research institutes as well as human rights organizations. As a unionist, she was the first and only woman in Palestine to head the Union of Faculty and Employees of Birzeit University from 2011-2013, and succeeded in integrating gender issues in the union’s framework and a gender monitor in Birzeit University. She is a core member of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) a collaborative group of researchers working on Arab families. Kuttab is also a founding member of Al-Marsad-Monitor for Social and Economic Affairs in Ramallah since 2014 which focuses on researching and analyzing critically the social and economic policies of governmental and non-governmental organizations in Palestine and its impact on gender equality and social justice.
Last modified: 02/11/2019