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Prof. Brand has established a reputation as an anti-Israel and anti-American academic, and was a signatory to a 2014 petition supporting BDS and protesting its critics.[1] In 2002, Brand was a signatory to a letter by anti-Israel academics that said, in part, “Americans cannot remain silent while crimes as abhorrent as ethnic cleansing [against Palestinians] are being openly advocated.”

She equally displayed her anti-American attitude in 2003 when, prior to the planned U.S. invasion of Iraq, she co-signed a letter from 70 Americans saying, “regime change imposed from outside is itself completely undemocratic. We refuse to stand by watching passively as the U.S. pursues aggressive and racist policies toward the people around us.”[2] In a 2004 address for MESA, Brand referred to the U.S. as the “Empire” and claimed that the government “constantly acted against international law or engaged in lies and manipulation,” and “urged members of MESA to rethink cooperating with the U.S. State Department or the CIA.”[3]


[1] Horowitz, A. (March 5, 2014). Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi and over 150 other scholars condemn censorship, intimidation of Israel critics. Mondoweiss. Retrieved from https://bdsmovement.net/news/judith-butler-rashid-khalidi-and-over-150-other-scholars-condemn-censorship-intimidation-israel

[2] (Feb. 14, 2005). Individuals: Laurie Brand. Discover the Networks. Retrieved from http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2180

[3] Kaplan, L. (Dec. 7, 2004). Scholars For Terror. Front Page Mag. Retrieved from http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=10296

Associated Organizations:

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); Middle East Studies Association (MESA – former president)

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Amber D. Miller, Dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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