Hadeel Khalil Assali

Hadeel Khalil Assali

Dissertation Review Committee

Research Interest

Research Sub-interest

Geology, Anthropology of Science, Historical Anthropology, Anthropocene, Empire, Settler Colonialism


Egypt, Palestine; Sinai, Southern Palestine, Gaza (Gaza Strip), Naqab (Negev)


Hadeel Assali is a former chemical engineer with nearly ten years of experience working in the petroleum industry. She left the corporate world to pursue graduate studies in anthropology with a particular interest in the science of the underground (Geology) and its relation to power. Her PhD research combines this interest with her interests in the legacies of colonialism in Southern Palestine, which includes Gaza, the Naqab and Sinai. Hadeel is also a filmmaker working on her first feature-length documentary.


The New School for Social Research, MA in Anthropology, 2013
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS in Chemical Engineering, 2001 (Joint degree with National University of Singapore)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS in Chemical Engineering, 2000