Dr. Alejandro I. Paz is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He has published on the politics of language, media, and citizenship, and his research is regionally based in Israel/Palestine. His current research is about Israeli English online journalism and its digital dissemination throughout North Atlantic news audiences. His earlier ethnographic research examined non-citizen Latinos in Israel, as well as settler tours of an archaeological site in occupied East Jerusalem. His work has been supported by grants from SSHRC, NSF, Fulbright-Hayes, and Wenner-Gren, among others, and has appeared in multiple academic journals. His book Latinos in Israel: Language and Unexpected Citizenship (Indiana UP) was published in 2018.
Dr. Paz has also recently become involved in coordinating new initiatives to improve the Canadian public dialogue on Palestine/Israel. He is founding co-chair of the Hearing Palestine Initiative at the University of Toronto, which seeks to create a space for research and public deliberation about Palestine. Dr. Paz is also on the founding coordinating committee for the Jewish Faculty Network, which opposes the censorship of legitimate criticisms of the State of Israel, and seeks to fight antisemitism as part of a broader coalition of anti-racist movements.