Benoît Challand is trained as a sociologist and historian, with degrees from SOAS (London) and the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). He is professor of Contemporary History at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). Over the course of his academic career, he has taught at universities in New York (NYU, New School for Social Research), Bologna, Pavia, and Bethlehem. Benoît Challand studies the impact of foreign assistance on Palestinian civil society and the shift of donors’ policies after the Arab uprisings; he has also published peer-reviewed articles on the criminalization of Islamic charities, the history of international aid, and European identity. He has published four books on topics ranging from civil society in Palestine to political theory.