Staff at the Kenyon Institute

 

Dr Elian Weizman

 
Dr Mandy Turner

Director of the Kenyon Institute (director@kenyon-institute.org.uk)

Mandy Turner is an political scientist who works on the political economy of development in war-torn societies with a country focus on the occupied Palestinian territory, but also comparatively with other conflicts. Before joining the CBRL as director of the Kenyon Institute in 2012, Mandy was a lecturer in conflict resolution in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (http://www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/people/MandyTurner.aspx). Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the British Academy, the CBRL and the Leverhulme Trust, and she has conducted policy-based research for the UN and governments. From 2006-2015, Mandy co-edited the Taylor and Francis-published journal International Peacekeeping, and was a founding member of the Brill-published journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory. She holds a BSc, MSc and PhD from the LSE. Mandy retains her Scottish accent, as she was born and raised in a mining village near Edinburgh.

 

Dr Elian Weizman

 

Dr Elian Weizman
Deputy Director of the Kenyon Institute (deputydirector@kenyon-institute.org.uk)

Elian's research interests are the intersection between resistance, law and violence in the Israeli context. Her current research focuses on resistance practices of anti-Zionist Jewish Israelis in contemporary Israel; on cause lawyering as resistance; and on critique of ‘non-violence’ as a strategy of resistance. Additionally, she (co)coordinates a project on the politics of knowledge production in settler colonial contexts, with particular reference to knowledge produced and disseminated on the Israeli state and society. She is also interested in settler colonialism; Zionism in/and the contemporary Israeli state; and law and/in society. She holds a PhD (2013) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She recently received her Italian passport, but she still can't cook pasta. 

 

 

Maida Smeir

Maida Smeir

KI Administrator (info@kenyon-institute.org.uk)

On your arrival at the Kenyon, it is likely that you will have the good fortune of being greeted by Maida Smeir, the Administrator. A spirited daughter of Beit Hanina, Maida is as formidable in her business dealings as she is charming in the hospitality she conveys towards guests. After obtaining a BA from Bethlehem University in Hotel Management, Maida has enjoyed working for the British Council, a year sojourn in the US and the birth of her (now nine year-old) daughter, Daniella. Since joining the Kenyon Institute in 2005, Maida has remained a precious figure of stability in the dynamic landscape of an international research centre. In her limited free time, Maida expertly engages in the art of traditional Palestinian embroidery and on occasion, indulges her fondness for Chinese cuisine.

 

Hussein Ghaith

 

Hussein Ghaith

KI Librarian (hghaith@softhome.net)

Hussein Ghaith (Abu Hani) was born in Jerusalem in 1942. After studying Commerce in Kalandia and Alexandria, he was soon poached by the UN and British Council to be sent on library training courses in Alexandria, Beirut, Amman and universities across England. In free afternoons between 1975 and 1980, Hussein completed a BA in English, and Diploma in Education at Bethlehem University, Aberdeen. In 1989, he was made supervisor of all the UN school libraries in the West Bank - responsible for over 100 collections. He has written nine books of Palestinian bibliographies, and has translated parts of the Dewey Decimal classification system into Arabic for local librarians. Hussein, who joined the Kenyon Institute in 2003, is married to a retired English teacher and has four children. He is an expert basketball player.

 

Sami Salah

 

Sami Salah
KI Caretaker

Sami Salah (Abu Saif) is a true Sheikh Jarrah man, having been born just down the hill from the Kenyon Institute in 1960. He briefly studied in Egypt, before returning to Jerusalem to complete a course in technical drawing. After the first Intifada, Sami began to work with metal - and his skills soon became known across the city. Sami came to the Kenyon Institute in 2002 to build a door; the end product would not look out of place in a Bank of England vault. He now looks after all aspects of the Kenyon Institute's infrastructure, from plumbing to computer networking. He also cooks a fantastic barbeque.

 

Josephine Abu Sa'da

 

Josephine Abu Sa'da
KI Housekeeper

Renowned for her energetic daily injection of order into the occasionally eccentric workings of a 90 year old institution, Josephine is also highly prized for the exquisite coffee she makes for guests and colleagues every morning, heralded by the ringing of a small brass bell. Born and raised in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, the current Housekeeper at the Kenyon Institute has enjoyed a varied career since obtaining a Diploma in Secretarial Skills from the YWCA, having worked as a secretary, taught at St Joseph's School and been a housekeeper at the Austrian Hospice, among other leading Jerusalem institutions. Josephine devotes most of her spare time to her husband, a prominent olive wood craftsman, and their three children. She also has a little-known passion for the music of Fadel Shaker.