Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh, from the village of Arrabeh in the Galilee (close to Sakhnin), was (2003) an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington DC.
Currently (Feb 2008), she is a visiting scholar in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Dr. Kanaaneh has taught anthropology and gender studies at NYU and American University. She has held fellowships at Harvard, the European University Institute and Columbia. She is the author of Birthing the Nation: Strategies of Palestinian Women in Israel (2002) and of On the Edge of Security: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military (forthcoming in 2008), based on research on a small group of Palestinian men who volunteer to serve in the Israeli army. She is also co-editor of an anthology titled Blue ID: Palestinians in Israel Revisited (forthcoming 2008).
Her first book was "Birthing the Nation: Strategies of Palestinian Women in Israel" (University of California Press, 2002), with a foreword by Hanan Ashrawi, examined the changing notions of sexuality, family, and reproduction among Palestinians living in Israel. She received a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University in 1998 focusing on gender, nationalisms and globalization in the Middle East. She then worked as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and as a faculty fellow at New York University's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
She is a daughter of Hatim Kanaaneh.