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Khalil Nakhleh

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1943
  • Age: 73
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Born in Ar-Rameh on 2 Jan. 1943; received his high school diploma from the St. Joseph’s Seminary in Nazareth; BA in Sociology, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA (1967); worked as a teaching assistant at the Dept. of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1969-72; earned a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University in 1973; became Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Sociology at St. John’s University from 1972-79; was also a visiting lecturer at the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa, during 1975-76); worked as program field coordinator at The Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC, and developed the fund’s scholarship program from 1979-80; became Director of the Institute of Arab Studies, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA, running the Institute during its infancy (1980-82), then joined it as research fellow (1982-84); left to take up the post of Program Director at the Welfare Association in Geneva, Switzerland, serving 1984-93; during 1993-94, worked as a Consultant for the Welfare Association, the Euro-pact in Versailles, France (on behalf of the European Commission), and NOVIB in The Hague, Netherlands; returned to the West Bank as Consultant of the UNDP-commissioned Center for Engineering and Planning in Ramallah in 1994; also acted as Consultant for the European Commission Representative Office in Jerusalem from 1994-98); was briefly a Program Manager at the UNDP in Jerusalem in 1995; worked as Educational Planning Coordinator at the Palestinian Curriculum Development Center in 1996, and as Acting Dir.- Gen. at the PA Ministry of Higher Education, Ramallah, in 1998; became an education expert with the MEDA Team West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1998-1999, then team leader and education expert of its technical assistance to the European Commission Representative Office from 1999-2001; was a Board of Trustees member of the Arab-American University of Jenin from 2000-02; member of the Steering Committee on the Strategy of Palestinian Higher Education (and Advisor to the Palestinian Minister of Higher Education) from 2000-02; served as head of the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institutions from 2002-2004; and the Advisory Board member for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs since March 2004; Consultant/Advisor to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in 2004; was Director of the Qattan Center for Educational Research and Development from mid-2004 until March 2005; since then works as independent thinker, researcher and writer from Ramallah; has published numerous studies and articles as well as authored and edited several books, incl. his publications include The Sociology of the Palestinians (with Elias Zureik, London & New York: Croom Helm and St. Martin’s Press, 1980), Indigenous Organizations In Palestine (Jerusalem: Arab Thought Forum, 1990), and The Myth of Palestinian Development: Political Aid and Sustainable Deceit.


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