Kareem Rabie is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The University of Illinois, Chicago. His work focuses on privatization, urban development, and the state-building project in the West Bank.

Previously he was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC; visiting fellow at CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and Committee on Globalization and Social Change; Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago; and Marie Curie Fellow/Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society.

His current research on Palestine and China has been supported by the ACLS, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advancement in the Fine Arts, UIC, and others.

His first book, Palestine is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited came out in summer 2021 from Duke University Press.

You can find some recent writing here.

Here is a list of upcoming talks and events. If you are interested in doing an event or having Kareem come to your class, please reach out!

Here are some press clippings and recorded talks.

Kareem’s current research focuses on the new human geographies of Palestine/China trade.

You can order the book from Duke (or, outside of North America, from CAP) for 30% off with code E21RABIE.

It is also available at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, Bookshop.orgAmazon, and elsewhere books are sold.

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6-8 March 2024
City Debates Conference
American University of Beirut

21 February 2024
Shifting Priorities
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UIC

29 January  2024
Roundtable: The Political Economy of Palestine with Sarah Jaffe and Laleh Khalili
Macrodose Podcast

7 November 2023
Johns Hopkins University Department of Anthropology

2 February 2023
Northwestern University Department of Anthropology

26 August 2022
Interview with Adam Bobeck  
New Books Network Podcast

21-22 March 2022
“National Planning and the Days After: Housing and the State Process in Palestine” [video will go up eventually]
Contemporary Urbanism and Arab Cities: Between Challenges and Future Prospects
Birzeit University Department of Architecture, TU Berlin Habitat Unit, GIZ Palestine

11 March 2022
“Shifting Priorities, and how Private Development is Transforming Aid, Governance, and Daily Life in the West Bank"
Cornell University Department of Global Development

24 January 2022
Book talk with Wassim Ghantous
Columbia University Center for Palestine Studies

14 January 2022
عن حفلة سوق العقار الفلسطينيّة | حوار مع كريم ربيع
Interview with Anas Ibrahim

2 December 2021
In conversation with Nathan Brown
George Washington University Institute for Middle East Studies

24 November 2021
GTA Invites: Palestine is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited [video will go up eventually]
ETH Zurich Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA)

11 November 2021
Book launch with Gökçe Günel, Lucy Garbett, Deen Sharp, and Sara Salem
LSE Department of Sociology

5 November 2021
How Neoliberal Capitalism Fortifies Israel’s Occupation of Palestine
Interview with Rania Khalek
Breakthrough News

14 October 2021
Palestinian State-Building through Privatized City Planning
Interview with Nadim Bawalsa

6 October 2021
Immobilier, investissements, développement: quand la Palestine est devenue «bankable»
Interview with Stéphanie Khouri
L’Orient Le Jour

23 September 2021
A conversation with Mezna Qato and David Harvey
CUNY Center for Place, Culture, and Politics

15 July 2021
Interview with Doug Henwood
Behind the News
KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley

5 June 2021
Keynote conversation with Sherene Seikaly
2021 Political Economy Summer Institute
Arab Studies Institute’s Political Economy Project