MEZNA QATO is completing a doctorate at the University of Oxford on the history of educational regimes for Palestinians. She is an elected member of the National Coordinating Committee of the US Palestinian Community Network, and a member of the National Planning Committee of the US Social Forum where she developed its first Palestine Programme.  She was part of Civitas, a collective research project initiated to record the voices and recommendations of Palestinian exile and refugee communities, and co-edited its register, Palestinians Register: Laying Foundations and Setting Directions (Alden, 2006). She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Settler Colonial Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2012) entitled ‘Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine’.