Dr. Tal Nitsan

Tal Nitsan

Tal Nitsán is a feminist scholar critically examining socio-cultural global and local perspectives of the intersections between gender, violence, and law & society. Her interdisciplinary projects navigate between three main research sites: Israel/Palestine, Guatemala, and North America. She currently holds the Sophie Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace at the Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research on transnational women’s human rights discourse in theory and practice offers a comparative perspective on the role of dignity and diversity in promoting social justice in Guatemala and Israel. Dr. Nitsán taught several undergraduate courses on gender and socio-legal issues in both the Anthropology and the Sociology Departments at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and has been actively implementing insights from her fieldwork with the Guatemalan movement to end violence against women into campus-based activism on gendered violence. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at UBC where she was a Liu Institute Scholar. Her PhD was supported by multiple fellowships and research grants and one of her dissertation chapters was awarded the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights (The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law). She holds an MA in Anthropology and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was a Truman Institute fellow. Her MA was supported by multiple fellowships and research grants and received The Shaine Center for Research in the Social Sciences Master’s thesis award as well as The Israeli Sociological Society's Master’s Thesis Recognition Award.  She volunteered at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, was a member of the UBC Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Awareness, and serves on the American Anthropology Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA).