Staff

Dr. Rana Barakat

Director
+970 2 298 2976 / ext: 5440

Rana Barakat is assistant professor of history at Birzeit University in Palestine, and the director of the university museum. She received her PhD in History from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include the history and historiography of colonialism, nationalism, and cultures of resistance. She is currently completing a book monograph titled "Lifta and Resisting the Museumification of Palestine: Indigenous History of the Nakba", contracted with the University of North Carolina Press for the "Critical Indigeneities" series. The project advances an indigenous understanding of time, space, and memory in Palestine by focusing on the details of the people and place of Lifta village over time.  Barakat also has a second book project in the works, "The Buraq Revolt: Constructing a History of Resistance in Palestine."  Her articles appear in Palestine Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Contemporary Levant, and Settler Colonial Studies, along with other academic journals. In Spring 2019, she held the Arcapita Visiting Professorship at the Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University. She serves as Policy Advisor for Al-Shabaka.

Ghadeer Awwad

Projects Manager
+970 2 2982976 / ext. 2806

Ghadeer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Birzeit University, in addition to a Master’s Degree in Democracy and Human Rights from Birzeit University. She also obtained a Master’s Degree in the field of Public Policies from Trinity University in the USA.
Ghadeer is currently the Projects Manager at Birzeit University, and she also works as a part time lecturer at the Department of Public Administration.

Ziad Yousef HajAli

Art Production Manager
+970 2 2982976 / ext. 5503 or 2562

Ziad is a Palestinian multidisciplinary artist who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Jordan. He works and lives in Ramallah, Palestine, and has been working at Birzeit University Museum since 2009.
Ziad has various public experiences through his participation in many local arts and cultural activities. During his work He produced and assisted in producing art works with Palestinian and international artists.

Dona Zarour

Administrative Assistant
+970 2 2982976

Currently, Dona holds the position of the Administrative Assistant at Birzeit University Museum, as she manages the administrative coordination and financial follow-up. Dona has over 12 years of work experience in the different department of the University.
In addition, as part of her position as the Administrative Assistant at Birzeit University Museum, Dona supervises all logistic operations in the Museum, follows up and coordinates administrative issues, schedules meetings, and contact the University’s different departments and the external organizations. Furthermore, she follows up on financial issues related to the Museum, in addition to many other activities.

Balqis Nakhleh

Balqis Nakhleh

Collection’s Custodian Assistant
+970 2 298 2976

Balqis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature minor translation from Birzeit University, and has been working at Birzeit University Museum since the beginning of 2019. Currently, Balqis holds the position of the Museum’s Custodian Assistant. Balqis has over 3 years of work experience in this field, where she worked as a volunteer student and trainee at the museum since 2015; she was responsible for guiding visitors and assisting in the work of the office.

Through her position as the Museum’s Custodian Assistant at  Birzeit University Museum, she works on the Ethnographic collection of the museum based on the requirements of the work, prepares the required materials for visitors and researchers, responsible for updating the museum’s inventory records and works on sustaining the Art and Ethnography collections, beside all matters related to the collections.