On February 3, Jasbir Puar presented a paper at Vassar College critiquing Israeli policy toward Palestinians. Puar, an associate professor of women and gender studies at Rutgers University, is an influential intellectual. Her 2007 book, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, has been cited over 1,700 times, a level of impact few academics achieve in a lifetime. Puar is controversial. She is also an agenda-setting scholar: Her lecture was sponsored by eight different departments.
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