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portrait of Dr Leonie Fleischmann

Dr Leonie Fleischmann

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

Contact Information


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D520, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Fleischmann joined the Department as a lecturer in September 2016, having completed her PhD in the Department in December 2015.

She was a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Non-Violent Conflict in 2017-2018.

Dr Fleischmann's research explores the role of social movements, civil resistance campaigns and human rights activism in creating change and in challenging oppressive regimes. Her recent book, published by I.B.Tauris, analyses the transformation of Israeli peace and anti-occupation activism. The book explores how the activists have responded to changing realities on the ground. It argues that despite stagnation in the political peace process, civil society groups that act in solidarity with the Palestinians and human rights organisations whose aim is to reveal the realities of the occupation continue to mobilise and challenge the situation.

Her current project looks at the role of members of the dominant population who act in solidarity with members of an oppressed population. This study will try to understand how these actors can assist resistance movements in the cases of Israel/Palestine, South Africa, Canada and West Papua.

Prior to joining City, Dr Fleischmann taught in the fields of International Politics and International Development at SOAS, King's College London and the University of Roehampton.

She has experience in written and television media commentaty


  1. PhD, City University London, London, United Kingdom
  2. MA International Relations, King's College London, London, United Kingdom
  3. Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, City University London, London, United Kingdom


Research Interests

- Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- The role of civil society in conflict and peace building
- Nonviolent resistance
- Social Movement Theory
- Human Rights activism

Current Projects

- Transformation of Israeli Peace/Anti-occupation Activism
- Civil resistance and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- The role of Human Rights in conflict and peace building



  1. Fleischmann, L. (2019). The Israeli Peace Movement Anti-Occupation Activism and Human Rights since the Al-Aqsa Intifada. I.B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-83860-097-6.

Journal articles (5)

  1. Fleischmann, L. (2019). The Role of Internal Third-Party Interveners in Civil Resistance Campaigns: The Case of Israeli-Jewish Anti-Occupation Activists. Government and Opposition pp. 1–17. doi:10.1017/gov.2019.27.
  2. Aran, A. and Fleischmann, L. (2018). Framing and Foreign Policy—Israel’s Response to the Arab Uprisings. International Studies Review, 0, pp. 1–26. doi:10.1093/isr/viy055.
  3. Fleischmann, L. (2017). Smadar Lavie. Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. Peace & Change, 42(1), pp. 162–164. doi:10.1111/pech.12223.
  4. Fleischmann, L. (2016). Beyond Paralysis: The Reframing of Israeli Peace Activism Since the Second Intifada. Peace & Change, 41(3), pp. 354–385. doi:10.1111/pech.12162.
  5. Khan-Harris, K. (2014). Reflections on the Gaza conflict. Jewish Quarterly, 61(3-4), pp. 66–75. doi:10.1080/0449010x.2014.978574.


Educational Leadership

Programme Director, MA International Politics and Human Rigthts

Undergraduate Teaching

IP3025 Global Ethics
IP3017 Final Year Research Project

Postgraduate Teaching

IPM117 Global Ethics
IMP118 Human Rights and the Transformation of World Politics
SAM005 Qualitative Research Methods

Other Activities

Events/conferences (2)

  1. European Association for Israeli Studies. (Conference) SOAS, Sept 2014
  2. Association of Israel Studies. (Conference) Israel, June 2014

Keynote lecture/speech

  1. The Transformation of Israeli Peace Activism. SOAS, Centre for Jewish Studies, Oct 2014