Dr. Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, media consultant, author and internationally-syndicated columnist. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Palestine Studies from the European Centre for Palestinian Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. His books include Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion; The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle; and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.
Among others, Baroud’s work has been published in: The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, Arab News, The Miami Herald, The Japan Times, Al-Ahram Weekly, Asia Times, Al-Jazeera, Gulf News, and Pravda. His work is translated into and republished in French, Spanish, Arabic and other languages and he has contributed chapters to and was referenced in numerous of books and academic journals.
Baroud is the current President of the Seattle-based educational charity, The People’s Media Project, has served in both editorial and research positions in various organizations and media companies in the Middle East and Europe, was the head of the Research Department at Al-Jazeera English, and has taught media and journalism at Curtain University of Technology, Malaysia Campus.
He has travelled to and lectured in more than 20 countries internationally, including the following universities: George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth, Rutgers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Washington, Penn State and Kwazulu Natal in South Africa.
He is the current Editor of the Palestine Chronicle.
Baroud’s research employs research techniques that are most common within the genre of people’s history (or ‘history from below’), which attempts to shape historical narratives from the perspectives of ‘ordinary’ people, as opposed to those in positions of prominence. Having used the genre of ‘people’s history’ in previous books and writings, Baroud wishes to extend it in his current research regarding the plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria before and during the present war.
Due to the enormity of the refugee crisis resulting from the ongoing war in Syria, the suffering of Palestinian refugees has gone largely unnoticed or side-lined. Moreover, the welfare of these refugees has been left to the UNRWA, not the UN Refugees Agency. Unfortunately, UNRWA’s efforts have been unable to sustain or provide care for Syria's Palestinian refugees, leaving them largely uncared for and unaided. Some of the refugees were victims of former exiles.
Baroud’s research is placed within multiple contexts:
- An historical context concerned with the origins of Palestinian refugees in Syria as a result of various conflicts, beginning with the Nakba of 1948.
- The legal status of those refugees, per international law and also per national Syrian laws.
- The Palestinian entanglement in the current conflict in Syria.
The focus of his research will be to endeavor to present a comprehensive and urgently needed introduction to the old/new and evolving crisis of Palestinian refugees in Syria within a larger drama that continues to unfold in other Arab countries (especially Iraq and Lebanon), and of course, in Palestine itself.