Ilan Pappé, born in Haifa in 1954, is currently a Chair in the Department of History, the University of Exeter and a co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies. He was the academic head and founder of the Institute for Peace studies in Givat Haviva Israel (1992-2000) and the Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa (2000-2008).
Pappé is a both a professional historian and a human rights activist who believes that commitment and professionalism do not necessarily clash, but rather reinforce each other. He has written extensively on the 1948 Nakbah and is regarded as one of Israel ‘new historians’ who challenged the official Zionist version of events. Pappé has also written on the Modern Middle East, multiculturalism and historiography.