Palestinian Studies

2017 Workshop

Alex Winder

PhD candidate in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

Police Diaries/Personal Diaries: Using the Notebooks of a Mandate-Era Policeman to Write Palestinian History

Alex Winder is a PhD candidate in the joint program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is currently an associate editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and a former fellow at the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC). His current research explores policing and crime in British Mandate Palestine, with a focus on the tensions and accommodations between formal and informal justice and the role of Palestinian Arab policemen as intermediaries in negotiating these dynamics. In 2016, the Institute for Palestine Studies published (in Arabic) the diaries of Muhammad 'Abd al-Hadi al-Shrouf—a Palestinian villager and Mandate-era policeman—which he edited, introduced, and indexed.