Director of Operations
Suzanne Schneider received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. A social and cultural historian, her research interests relate to Jewish and Islamic modernism, religious politics in the Middle East, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, secularism, and political identity in post-colonial contexts. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) and a regular contributor to The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media. She has begun work on a new book project that examines the relationship between religious violence and the social contract, drawing on case studies from the contemporary Middle East. In her capacity of BISR’s Director of Operations, Suzanne oversees program execution, development initiatives, and institutional partnerships. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, twin daughters, and very large dog.