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Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Rida Abu Rass

Rida Abu RassDoctoral Student
MA Middlebury Institute of International Studies (2017); MA Brandeis University (2015); BA Brandeis University (2014)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B309   

Supervisor: Oded Haklai



Biography and Research Interests

I was born in Tayibe and raised in Jaffa, Israel/Palestine. I am interested in the relationship between indigenous national minorities and their host states, with an emphasis on the Palestinian minority in Israel. I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2014, 2015), and an additional master’s degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA (2017). Before matriculating at Queen’s, I worked as a data coordinator for B’tselem, a leading Israeli human rights organization. In my spare time, I write op-eds for various news outlets, science fiction short stories, and I blog.


  • Principal's International Doctoral Award (2018-2022)
  • Queen’s Graduate Award (2018-2022)

Conference Publications 

“The Dynamics of Palestinian Contention in Israel.” [Paper Presentation at the Association for the Studies of Nationalities World Convention, New York, NY. May. 2-4, 2019].


  • POLS 242 – Contemporary Regimes (Teaching Assistant)
  • POLS 243 – State, Nation and Democracy (Teaching Assistant)