Orli Fridman, PhD

Orli received her PhD at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2006). She also holds a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in history of the Middle East from Tel Aviv University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on peace and memory studies with emphasis on comparative conflict studies. She has been writing extensively about memory politics and memory activism in Serbia and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia and in the Middle East.

Orli has been involved in political education for the past 20 years. She was trained as a facilitator for groups in conflict and facilitated group encounters from Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. She teaches in the Politics Department on the Faculty of Media and Communications, where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS), an educational organization dedicated to the comparative analysis of societies in conflict, working primarily within the context of the conflicts in Palestine/Israel and the former republics of Yugoslavia. Her recent publications include “Conflict Memory and Memory Activism: Dealing with Contested Pasts.” In the The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies; “Hashtag Memory Activism”: Online Commemorations and Online Memory Activismin the Handbook of Memory Activism.


  • PhD, George Mason University, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • MA, Tel Aviv University
  • BA, Hebrew University
Orli Fridman, PhD

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