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Professor, Department of Global Studies, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Joyce Dalsheim is a cultural anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Global Studies. Her work focusses on identity categories and conflict, temporality, historical narratives, religion and the secular, nationalism, citizenship, and sovereignty She is author of Unsettling Gaza: Secular liberalism, radical religion and the Israeli Settlement Project (Oxford 2011) Producing spoilers: Peacemaking and the production of enmity in a secular age (Oxford 2014), and Israel Has a Jewish Problem; Self Determination as Self-Elimination, (Oxford 2019). She also co-edited The Jewish Question Again with Gregory Starrett (Prickly Paradigm Press) and has written about ethnographic fieldwork at the January 6 rallies in Washington DC. Her work has always aimed at seeing things otherwise by making unexpected comparisons and contrasts—the hallmark of anthropological analysis. Her most recent projects focus on the contemporary rise of antisemitism, racism, and fascism in Western democracies. While Dalsheim’s research touches on contentious topics, its strength comes from emphasizing complexities that never fit neatly into partisan divisions.


  • 2010–2020
    Associate Professor of Global Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


  • 2003 
    The New School for Social Research, Ph.D. Anthropology