March 3, 2023 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Please join us as we explore the contents of Yael Berda's latest book, examining how the legacies of colonial bureaucracy continue to shape political life after empire.
Yael Berda is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) of Sociology & Anthropology at Hebrew University and a non-resident fellow with the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy school of government.
Berda publishes, teaches, and speaks on the intersections of law & society, bureaucracy and the state, race and racism and sociology of empires and colonialism.
Her most recent book is “Colonial Bureaucracy and Contemporary Citizenship: Legacies of Race and Emergency in the British Empire”, published by Cambridge University Press in 2023. Her second book is “Living Emergency: Israel's Permit Regime in the West Bank (Stanford University Press, 2017 ).
Her current projects include the study of citizenship as a “mobility regime”, How emergency laws shaped the political economy of colonial states, how bureaucracy makes contemporary homeland security practices and what plea bargains tell us about political regimes. She was a practicing Human Rights lawyer, litigating in the military, district, and the Supreme Court in Israel/Palestine. Berda received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University; MA from Tel Aviv University and LLB from Hebrew University faculty of Law.