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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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D523, 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 social movements, civil resistance campaigns and human rights activism. She is the author of The Israeli Peace Movement: Anti-Occupation Activism and Human Rights since the Al Aqsa Intifada, published by I.B.Tauris in 2019. The book explores how Israeli 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 mobilize and challenge the situation.

Her current research interrogates the role of 'internal allies': members of the ruling population who act in solidarity with members of an oppressed population. This study seeks to identify tangible ways in which these actors can assist resistance movements , as well as understanding where they may hinder a movement. It involves interviews with activists, archival research and analysis of activist materials in the cases of Israel/Palestine, South African and Canada. Parts of this project have been funded by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and City University Pump-Priming.

Additional research includes a critique of legal avenues for human rights protection in prolonged military occupations and an analysis of Extinction Rebellion.

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 commentary


  1. PhD, City University London, London, United Kingdom
  2. MA International Relations, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

Postgraduate training

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, City, University of 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