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 most recently in refereed journals such as: Frontiers in Plant Science (Forthcoming), Journal of Arid Environments (2020), Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2019), Geoforum (2017), and International Journal of Middle East Studies. He has also recently edited an Arabic-English guide entitled, Palestinian Wild Food Plants, 2018 (link) as part of a community-based research collective.
He recently held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in New York. 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
Accepted and forthcoming. New Food Crop Domestication In The Age Of Gene Editing: Genetic, Agronomic And Cultural Change Remain Co-Evolutionarily Entangled. Frontiers in Plant Science.
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.
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