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Deborah J. Gerner, PhD Biography

Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“Two national groups have fought over one small piece of land in the Levant for over 100 years. Palestinians and the Arab countries have been unable to defeat Israel militarily; Israel has been unable to eliminate Palestinian nationalism. Neither of these conditions is likely to change in the near future. Thus, the choice facing Israelis and Palestinians is whether to continue to fight indefinitely or to search for a just and equitable negotiated settlement to their conflict. With mutual recognition, mutual acknowledgment of the right of national self-determination, and mutual acceptance of fixed and secure boundaries for all states in the Levant, a way may be found to resolve this enduring and destructive dilemma in world politics.”

One Land, Two Peoples: The Conflict over Palestine, 1994

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas
  • Area of Specialization:
    Comparative politics: Middle East politics; Palestinian nationalism; human rights, ethnicity and democratization; protest and revolution
  • Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award, 2003
  • W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, August 2000
  • Distinguished Alumna Award, Earlham College, 1999
  • Byron T. Shutz Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1994
  • Women’s Hall of Fame, University of Kansas Commission on the Status of Women, 1992
  • PhD, Political Science, Northwestern University, 1982
  • MA, Political Science, Northwestern University, 1979
  • BA, Peace and Conflict Studies; Religion, Earlham College, 1977
  • Born: 1956
  • Deceased: 2006
Quoted in:
  1. Did Palestinian Nationalism Emerge in Reaction to Zionism?
  2. What Is the Origin of Palestinian Nationalism?