Hanan Ashrawi

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Member of the Executive Committee of PLO

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Ph.D. English,Medieval and Comparative Literature, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
MA English, Renaissance Literature and Textual Criticism, American University of Beirut,
BA English, American University of Beirut Literature


peace making, international affairs, human rights, higher education, women’s issues
Arabic mother tongue
English - Fluent
Old English (Anglo Saxon)


Work history: 
Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), 2009-now
Elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council – “Third Way”, 2006-now.
Chair, Executive Committee-The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy – MIFTAH, 2006-now
Founder and Chair of Executive Committee, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity – AMAN, Transparency International (TI- Palestine), 2006-now
Honarary office and memberships: 
Doctor Honoris Causa: -The American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon 2008 -The American University in Cairo (AUC), Doctor of Humane Letters, Cairo Egypt 2003 -Saint Mary’s University, Doctor of Civil Law, Halifax, Canada 2000
Academic Awards: -Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies- Baker Institute, Rice University 2009 -Honorary Fellow- St. Antony's College, Oxford University 2006 -Leo Godwin, Sr. Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Law Center 2000
Productions and works: 
Publications: -Anthology of Palestinian Literature, PROTA, Editor -Contemporary Palestinian Literature Under Occupation -Contemporary Palestinian Poetry and Fiction -From Intifada to Independence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks Out


Awards and Distinctions: 
-Distinguished Arab Woman’s award, for Political Involvement, The Arab Women Studies Center, Dubai 2005 -Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation 2005 -Sydney Peace Prize 2003
-Olof Palme Prize 2002 -Foundation for Middle East Peace – Merle Thorpe Award 1999 -International Women of Hope “Bread and Roses”/ 12 distinguished Women of the Year 1999 - The Defender of Democracy Award- Parliamentarians for Global Action 1999