Acting Director, IPS-USA
Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett is the acting executive director of the Institute for Palestine Studies-USA in Washington, DC. He is also a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on historical and contemporary media depictions of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict, cultural studies, and critical race theory. He attended the Palestine and Arabic Studies Program at Birzeit University in 2009, and in 2010 he received his Master’s degree in history at Illinois State University where he won the Cavanagh Award for Best Thesis in Global History.  Before joining IPS US, he was the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He was also an adjunct instructor of Middle East history at Illinois State University, and taught courses in mass communication and critical media studies at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College