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Presented By: Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)

The Wandering Palestinian: A Conversation with Writer & Activist Dr. Anan Ameri

Dr. Anan Ameri

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Dr. Anan Ameri
Dr. Anan Ameri is an activist, scholar, author, and founding director of the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and the Palestine Aid Society of America. She is also the co-founder of many progressive political and cultural coalitions in the US. For over four decades, Ameri has advocated for social justice and for immigrants’ rightful place in the US. She is the author of many books and articles.

Anan Ameri was born in 1944 in Damascus Syria to a Palestinian father and a Syrian mother. She grew up in Amman, Jordan. She received her B.A. in sociology at the University of Jordan, Amman; her M.A. in sociology at Cairo University in Egypt; and her Ph.D. in sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dr. Ameri is the recipient of numerous local and national awards in recognition of her work within the Arab American community as well as society at large including 2006 Michiganian of the Year, and 2020 Arab American of the Year. In 2016, she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Ameri has served as acting director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies in Jerusalem; visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies; the founding director and national president of the Palestine Aid Society of America, and the Founding Director of the Arab American National Museum. Prior to immigrating to the US in 1974, she worked as a program producer at Jordanian Television and a researcher at the Palestine Research Center in Beirut, Lebanon. Anan Ameri is the author of numerous books and articles including the two-volume memoir The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus (2017, Interlink Publishing) and The Wondering Palestinian, (2020, BHC Press)
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