Norman Finkelstein

Professor Norman Finkelstein

Professor Norman Finkelstein

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Presenter Biography

Norman Gary Finkelstein is an American political scientist, activist, professor, and author. His primary fields of research are the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust. He is a graduate of Binghamton University and received his Ph.D in political science at Princeton University. He is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions, including THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering and, most recently, GAZA: An inquest into its martyrdom. Finkelstein has also been banned from entering Israel for 10 years between 2008 and 2018.  

He has held faculty positions at Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, New York University, and DePaul University where he was an assistant professor from 2001 to 2007.

In 2007, after a highly publicized feud between Finkelstein and an academic opponent, Alan Dershowitz, Finkelstein's tenure bid at DePaul was denied. Finkelstein was placed on administrative leave for the 2007–08 academic year, and on September 5, 2007, he announced his resignation after coming to a settlement with the university on generally undisclosed terms. Weeks of protests ensued on campus in support of granting him a position at the university. An official statement from DePaul strongly defended the decision to deny Finkelstein tenure, stated that outside influence played no role in the decision. 

In 2008, he was banned from entering Israel for 10 years.

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein is an award-winning documentary film about the life and career of Norman Finkelstein, released in 2009 and directed by David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier. In the same year Finkelstein appeared in Defamation (Hebrew: השמצה‎; translit. Hashmatsa) a documentary film by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir.