Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
Associate Professor Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies
Helga works on issues to do with technology, media, culture, territory and politics in the Middle East, and especially Palestine-Israel. She has researched and written on Arab media; Palestinian cinema, television, video games and popular culture; on telecommunications and internet infrastructure and development in the Palestinian Territories; as well as on cultural/territorial politics in Palestine-Israel including analyzing checkpoints as cultural and economic spaces, identification cards as material artifacts and territorially-bordering mechanisms.
Helga has published a wide range of peer-reviewed articles and invited chapters. She has a monograph titled Digital Occupation forthcoming, is currently co-editing a volume on Arab Media and Culture and a second titled Gaza As Metaphor, as well as serves on a number of journal editorial boards and Middle Eastern non-profit foundations.
Helga teaches courses at undergraduate and graduate levels on topics including borders and spatiality, Arab media, critical theory and media studies, Israel/Palestine, war and media, globalization and international development, and what has been referred to as "the coffee class" (cultural geography of commodities).
Before academia, Helga worked as a researcher and strategic analyst at a multinational media conglomerate and as an internet consultant. She has lived in various parts of North America, Europe, and the Middle East, which has resulted in border-crossings of various kinds, an obsession with im/mobility, and the ability to fluently communicate in six and a half languages. Helga also spends time behind a camera, as a photographer and documentary film-maker.
Helga is also the Director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU. She holds her office hours there (50 Washington Square South, entrance at 255 Sullivan), and you'll find her at the many events happening at 'Kevo.'
- B.A. McGill University, English Literature & Economics
- MA University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication
- Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Contemporary issues in Israel-Palestine
- Media and cultural politics in the Middle East
- Globalization, capitalism, 'development'
- Critical geography, borders, spatiality, territoriality
- Media and hi-tech infrastructure and materiality
- Contemporary Palestinian politics and culture
- Tawil-Souri, H. and Matar, D. (eds). Gaza As Metaphor. Hurst Publishers, 2015 (forthcoming)
- Tawil-Souri, H. (in press). Between Digital Flows and Territorial Borders: ICTs in the Palestine-Israel-EU Matrix; in Raffaella Del Sarto, ed. Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Palgrave.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (in press). Technology’s Borders: The U.S., Palestine, and Egypt’s Digital Connections; in Marwan Kraidy and Alex Lubin, eds. American Studies Between the American Century and the Arab Spring, University of North Carolina Press.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (in press). Exopolis: Between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Urban Research.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2015). Media, Globalization, and the (Un)Making of the Palestinian Cause. Popular Communication 13(2): 145-157.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2015). Cellular Im/Mobilities: Dis/Connecting Telephone Calls in Israel-Palestine. In Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski, Eds., Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 147-180.
- Dawes, Simon. (2015). The Digital Occupation of Gaza: Interview with Helga Tawil-Souri. MeCCSA Special Issue on Mediatizing Gaza, [link]
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2015). Occupation Apps, Jacobin 17 [link]
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2014). The Technological End Between the Inside of Gaza and the Outside of Gaza. 7iber [link]
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2014). My Aunt’s Mamilla. Jerusalem Quarterly 58
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2014). Cinema as the Space to Transgress Palestine’s Territorial Trap. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 7(2): 169-189.
- Tawil-Souri, H. and M. Aouragh (2014). Intifada 3.0? Cyber Colonialism and Palestinian Resistance. Arab Studies Journal 102-133.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2014). الاحتلال الرقمي الإسرائيلي لغزة Omran, Special Edition on Surveillance.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2013). Networking Palestine, Creating and Limiting Media and Technology Flows: Television and Telecommunications since 1993. In Petter Bauck and Mohammed Omer Moghayyer, Eds. The Oslo Accords 1993- 2013: Twenty Years with what Results? AUC Press / I.B. Tauris.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). Egypt’s Uprising and the Shifting Spatiality of Politics. Cinema Journal 52(1): 160-166.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). It's Still About the Power of Place. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 5: 86-95.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). Digital Occupation: The High-Tech Enclosure of Gaza. Journal of Palestine Studies 41(2): 27-43.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). Mapping Israel-Palestine. Political Geography 30(8): 57-60.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). Uneven Borders, Coloured (Im)mobilities: ID Cards in Palestine/Israel. Geopolitics 17(1).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Where is the Political in Cultural Studies? In Palestine. International Journal of Cultural Studies 16(1), 1-16.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Colored Identity: The Politics and Materiality of ID Cards in Palestine/Israel. Social Text 107, 67-97.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). The ‘War on Terror’ in Arab Media. In Daya Thussu and Des Freedman, Eds., Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (241-254). SAGE.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). The Necessary Politics of Palestinian Cultural Studies. In Tarik Sabry, Ed., Conceptualising Cultural Studies and Media Studies in the Arab World: Mapping the Field (150-176). London: I.B. Tauris.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Qalandia Checkpoint as Space and Non-Place. Space and Culture 14(1), 4-26.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Orange, Green, and Blue: Colour-Coded Paperwork for Palestinian Population Control. In Elia Zureik, David Lyon, and Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Eds., Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory, and Power (219-238). London: Routledge.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2009). New Palestinian Centers: An Ethnography of the ‘Checkpoint Economy.’ International Journal of Cultural Studies 12(3), 217-235.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2008). Arab Television in Academic Scholarship. Sociology COMPASS 2(5), 1400-1415.
- Tawil Souri, H. (2007). The Political Battlefield of Pro-Arab Videogames on Palestinian Streets. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 27(3), 536-551.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2007). Global and National Forces for a Nation-State Yet to Be Born: The Paradoxes of Palestinian Television Policies. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 4(3), 4-25.
- Tawil Souri, H. (2007). Move Over Bangalore. Here Comes… Palestine? Western Funding and ‘Internet Development’ in the Shrinking Palestinian State. In P. Chakravartty and Y. Zhao, Eds., Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Political Economy (263-284). Rowman & Littlefield.
- Souri, H.T. (2006). Marginalizing Palestinian Development: Lessons Against Peace. Development 49(2), 75-80.
- Tawil, H. (2005). Coming Into Being and Flowing Into Exile: History and Trends in Palestinian Film-Making. Nebula 2(2), 113-140.
- Global Honors Seminar: Borders, Barriers, and Buffers
- Cultural Geography and Media of Commodities (Coffee)
- Mediating Israel/Palestine
- Communication and International Development
- Middle East Media (formerly Islam, Media, and the West)
- Introduction to Media Studies
- Media and Globalization
- War and Media in the Middle East (@ NYU-AD)
- War as Media
- Middle East Media and Cultural Politics
- Middle East Media and Cultural Politics: Israel/Palestine
- Topics in Globalization: International Development
- Topics in Globalization: Commodities
- Media, Culture, and Communication Core Seminar (MA Theory Core)
- Dissertation Proposal Seminar
- Doctoral Core Seminar 1 (PhD Theory Core)