About

I am a political scientist researching the politics of reproduction and genital alteration. Currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths, University of London, I am writing my first book, provisionally entitled Wars of the Wombs: Struggles over Reproduction in Israel, for publication with Stanford University Press.  

I have a PhD in Politics from St Antony's College, University of Oxford. Since completing my doctorate, I have researched and/or taught at LSE's Middle East Centre, the Department of History at Stanford University, and the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the history and politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and of the Middle East. I am a member of several scholarly associations, including the British International Studies Association (BISA), Political Studies Association (PSA), Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) and National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). 

Committed to sharing my work with those both within and beyond the academy, I have written and broadcast widely on a range of gender- and Israel-related topics, in particular on the politics of abortion in Israel, and the ethics of male circumcision. I am a former BBC and Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) 'New Generation Thinker' and Haaretz 'Jewish Thinker' blogger. 

I am also a co-founder, together with my partner in life and crime, Charles Keidan, of the Campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships in the UK. In 2014, Charles and I launched a Judicial Review challenge to the UK Government's refusal to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. Sadly, we lost our appeal in February 2017. But we are continuing our legal and political fights to open civil partnerships to all.

I tweet @beccasteinfeld