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Women’s and Gender Studies

Simona Sharoni


Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Sharoni is a feminist scholar, researcher and public intellectual. Prior to joining Merrimack College, she taught at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and the American University in Washington, D.C. She also held distinguished scholar appointments at the University of Oregon and the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Sharoni is the author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women’s Resistance (Syracuse University Press, 1995) and co-editor of the Handbook of Gender and War (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016). She has two book manuscripts forthcoming next year and she is the author of over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters.

Dr. Sharoni’s research and writing have included a comparative analysis of gender and resistance, with special attention to the role of grassroots organizing and social movements Israel, Palestine, and the North of Ireland. Her other research interests have included the militarization and masculinities, especially the interplay between political violence and gender-based violence and strategies to violent men and cultivate nonviolent masculinities.

Dr. Sharoni is the co-founder of Faculty Against Rape (FAR), a volunteer-run national collective advocating for an increased role of faculty in the struggle to confront sexual assault on college campuses. A former co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and its founding Executive Director, Sharoni has played a key role in several professional associations including the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and the International Studies Association (ISA).


Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
M.A., Counseling and Special Education, Haifa University, Israel
B.A., Counseling and Special Education, Haifa University, Israel


Gender and Society
Gender, Race, and Media
Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social Justice

Professional Experience

Selected Publications:

Handbook on Gender and War, (co-edited with Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pederson), London: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016.

Gender and the Struggles for Justice in Palestine/Israel. Syracuse University Press (forthcoming, 2017).

De-Militarizing Masculinities in the Age of Empire, Rowan & Littlefield (forthcoming, 2017).

Refereed Articles

“Transnational Feminist Solidarity in Times of Crisis,” (with Rabab Abdulhadi et. al.) International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2015, 17(4), pp. 654-670.

“Innovative International Relations Pedagogy: A Conversation on Feminist Critical Engagement” (with Laura Parisi et. al.) International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2013, 15 (3), pp. 412-425.

“Gender and Conflict Transformation in Israel/Palestine,” in Journal of International Women’s Studies, 13(4) (September 2012). Available online at:

Book chapters
“Integrating Gender into Conflict Resolution and Human Rights Discourses: Rethinking the Politics of Dialogue in Israel, Palestine, and the North of Ireland,” in Claudia Fuentes Julio and Paula Drumond (eds.) Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Bridging the Theoretical and Practical Divide, Routledge 2017. §   “Militarism and gender-based violence,” in Nancy Naples ed. Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, NJ: NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2016.
“The Personal is (still) Political: Feminist Reflections on a Transformative Journey,” in A Journey into Women’s Studies: Crossing Interdisciplinary Boundaries, ed. Rekha Pande, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 279-296.

“The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,”(co-authored with Mohammed Abu-Nimer), in Understanding the Contemporary Middle East, 4th edition, ed. Jillian Schwedler, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Press, 2014.




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