Wendy Pearlman

Wendy Pearlman

Wendy Pearlman is a professor and award-winning teacher at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics. Educated at Harvard, Georgetown, and Brown, Pearlman speaks Arabic and has spent more than twenty years studying and living in the Arab World. She is the author of numerous articles and four books, including Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003), Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Triadic Coercion: Israel's Targeting of States that Host Nonstate Actors (with Boaz Atzili, Columbia University Press, 2018). Her book We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (Custom House, June 2017) has been called "essential reading" by the New York Times, and been recommended in reviews in the New Yorker, Times Literary Supplement, and Chicago Review of Books, among other outlets. A review in The Guardian calls the book, "heart-stopping," adding: "Syrians, Pearlman writes, are too often cast as 'victims to be pitied, bodies to be sheltered, radicals to be denounced or threats to be feared ... it can be difficult to find chances to listen to actual Syrians as human beings'. But she has listened." Pearlman lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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