The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel is pleased to welcome Leila Abdelrazaq and Ashley Dawson to its Organizing Collective.
Leila Abdelrazaq is a Chicago-based, Palestinian author, artist, and organizer. She graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Arabic Studies. She has been involved in Palestine organizing since 2011 and was a participant in the 2015 Palestine Festival of Literature. Her debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was recently shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards.
Ashley Dawson is Professor of English at the City University of New York”s Graduate Center and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is the author of Extinction: A Radical History (forthcoming from O/R Press), The Routledge Concise History of Twentieth-Century British Literature (2013) and Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007). He is also co-editor of four essay collections: Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities (Haymarket, forthcoming), Democracy, the State, and the Struggle for Global Justice (Routledge, 2009);Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus (Michigan, 2009); and Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (Duke, 2007). A former editor of Social Text Online and of the AAUP”s Journal of Academic Freedom, he is currently completing work on a book entitled Extreme City: Climate Change and the Urban Future for Verso Press.
USACBI looks forward to working with Leila and Ashley to build the campaign for academic and cultural boycott of Israel in support of Palestinian rights and liberation.