[New publication] Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Securitization, Critical Infrastructure, and the Gaza Strip

maxresdefaultimage of site of a mortar explosion targeting the Kerem Shalom crossing (10 August 2014)


…so last week I completed my PhD after quite a long path! Yes, yes, yes, congrats to me, I know.

The spring always ends up being a time when I’m very academically active. Currently, I am teaching two classes for Georgetown University and serving as a Practitioner-In-Residence for another department, teaching two classes for George Mason university, teaching one class at Jessup Correctional Institution (a maximum security men’s prison), and serving as a research fellow at a fourth institution in Cincinnati.

I am also deep in the spring fling conference rush. This month alone I will speak at 6 conferences made up of the Center for Gender and Conflict (George Mason University),  Radical Democracy (New School for Social Research), DC Queer Studies Symposium (University of Maryland), All Power to the Imagination, the Institute for Critical Animal Studies and a conference on adjunct labor for SEIU. …so it’s a bit exhausting.

None the less, the publications keep coming. This piece I wrote way back in 2009 when I was a master’s student at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The paper was written within a (less than critical) Security Studies framework, and not re-written prior to publication. Since my doctoral research attempts to make critical inroads within the field of Security Studies, it seemed appropriate that it came out now.

So, without further delay, I present for your reading pleasure:

Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Securitization, Critical Infrastructure, and the Gaza Strip

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As always, I welcome comments, critiques, suggestions and questions.


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