Adila Laidi-Hanieh is currently studying for her Ph.D. at George Mason University. She taught modern Arab intellectual history and Palestinian art at Bir Zeit University, and has written extensively on arts and cultural practice. She ran the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre in Ramallah from its establishment in 1996 until 2005. She received an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, a Certificat d'Etudes Politiques from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris, and studied painting with Fahr el Nissa Zeid.