Omar Imseeh Tesdell is assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Birzeit University. He studies landscape and agroecological transformation in the Middle East and the Americas.
His peer-reviewed research has been published in refereed journals such as: Plants, People, Planet (2020) (link), Frontiers in Plant Science (2020) (link), Journal of Arid Environments (2020) (link), Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2019) (link), Geoforum (2017) (link), and International Journal of Middle East Studies (2015) (link). He has also edited an Arabic-English guide entitled Palestinian Wild Food Plants, 2018 (link) as part of a community-based research collective. Other recent publications include "Garden Gathering" in A Garden Among the Hills: The Floral Heritage of Palestine, The Palestinian Museum (2019).
He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in New York in 2015. His research has been supported by the Palestinian American Research Center, Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Social Science Research Council, and the University of Minnesota.
Omar Tesdell ORCiD Profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5179-9532
Refereed Journal Articles
Aubrey Streit Krug and Omar Tesdell. 2020. A Social Perennial Vision: Transdisciplinary Inquiry for the Agroecological Development of Perennial Grain Agriculture, Plants, People, Planet. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10175
David L. Van Tassel, Omar Tesdell, Brandon Schlautman, Matthew J. Rubin, Lee R. DeHaan, Timothy E. Crews, Aubrey Streit Krug. 2020. New Food Crop Domestication In The Age Of Gene Editing: Genetic, Agronomic And Cultural Change Remain Co-Evolutionarily Entangled. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00789
Omar Tesdell, Yusra Othman, Yara Dowani, Samir Khraishi, Mary Deeik, Fouad Muaddi, Brandon Schlautman, Aubrey Streit Krug, David Van Tassel. 2020. Envisioning perennial agroecosystems in Palestine. Journal of Arid Environments, Volume 175,
Tesdell, Omar; Othman, Yusra; Alkhoury, Saher. 2019. Rainfed agroecosystem resilience in the Palestinian West Bank, 1918–2017. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. https://doi.org/10.1080/21683565.2018.1537324
Tesdell, Omar. 2017. Wild wheat to productive drylands: Global scientific practice and the agroecological remaking of Palestine. Geoforum. Volume 78, Pages 43–51.
Tesdell, Omar. 2015. Territoriality and the technics of drylands science in Palestine and North America. International Journal of Middle East Studies, Volume 47, Issue 3.
2019. Tesdell, Omar. Garden Gathering in A Garden Among the Hills: The Floral Heritage of Palestine. The Palestinian Museum. ARabic-English ISBN 978-9950-851-47-4.
June 2018. Tesdell, Omar Imseeh (Editor). Palestinian Wild Food Plants. Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah. Arabic-English. ISBN 978-9950-385-72-6. (link)
Tesdell, Omar Imseeh. 2018. Planting Roots, Claiming Space. NACLA Report on the Americas, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 66-71. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10714839.2018.1448599
Spring 2017. Tesdell, Omar and Issa, Iyad. Balou as residual space: on the relation of landform and sociality in Palestine. Jerusalem Quarterly. Issue 69, pp. 107-199. Link to article
Alegre, Jessica, Dennis Escudero, Omar Tesdell. (2007) "Agricultural Business Associations in Urban and Periurban Areas in Lima, Peru." Urban Agriculture, Issue 17, Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF), Leusden, The Netherlands. Link to article