Dr. Yael Berda is an Israeli Lawyer and holds a PhD from the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. Born in New York City and raised in West Jerusalem, Yael has been highly engaged in social justice activism and politics in Israel.

She is currently an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in Cambridge, MA. 

Her first book, "the Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank: The Permit Regime 2000-2006" was published in July 2012, by the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and Hakibutz Hameuhad Publishing (Hebrew). you can read more about it here http://www.haaretz.com/culture/books/probing-the-bureaucracy-of-occupati...

Yael graduated from the faculty of Law at Hebrew university, and received her MA (Magna cum laude) from the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. Her masters thesis looked at the bureaucracy of the occupation in the Palestinian territory. The first institutional ethnography of the permit regime in the West bank, it explores the influence of Colonial administrative legacies on the contemporary military civil administration in the occupied territories.

Yael is currently working on her dissertation project which examines the persistence of bureaucratic legacies following independence in former colonies, focusing  on population management practices  and the construction of political membership in states afflicted by partition plans: Israel, Cyprus and India. Her work has been recognized and supported by grants from SSRC, The National Science Foundation, The ACLS, The Ford Foundation and others. 

Before coming to Princeton and LAPA, Yael was a practicing Human rights lawyer in Israel, first in the law offices of Avidgor Feldman, and than pursued her own practice in Jerusalem focusing on Administrative and constitution Law, specifically cases of freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of movement. She has argued cases in the Israeli Supreme court, administrative courts and the military criminal courts.

You can read more here: http://lapa.princeton.edu/yaelberda

Yael Will be joining the Harvard Academy Scholars Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University for the year 2014-2015. 

She will join the Department of Sociology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the Summer of 2015.