Sara Salazar Hughes
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I am an Associate Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Sciences and Global Studies at California State University - Monterey Bay. I received my PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and I also hold an MA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Arabic from the University of California, Los Angeles. A political and cultural geographer by training, I study territorial conflict and land - both societies' connections to land and various means of control over it - primarily in Israel/Palestine. My research examines the construction of home(land) in contested territory, everyday life in conflict zones, material and discursive mechanisms of territorial control, and how the construction of belonging for one group depends on the displacement and dispossession of another. My use of ethnographic and qualitative methods is aimed at representing the world in a way that captures subjects' understandings, feelings, and choices, while applying a critical eye to the reality they perceive and seek to (re)produce. 
My areas of specialization in teaching include: political geography, cultural geography, settler colonial studies, globalization and regional development, border and mobility studies, and Palestine/Israel.

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Dissertation title: “Suburban Occupation: Contradictory impulses and outcomes of life in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.”, University of California, Los Angeles

… → 2017

International Studies, MA, Thesis title: “Territoriality, Sovereignty and the Nation-state System in Israel-Palestine: The Creation of the Palestinian Bantustan ‘state’ and Shifting Palestinian Resistance Tactics.”, University of San Francisco

… → 2011

Arabic, BA

… → 2009


  • Human Geography
  • Nature and Society Relations
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies