Natalia Gutkowski

Natalia Gutkowski

Natalia Gutkowski
Environmental Anthropology

Social-Cultural Anthropology
Technology and Society Studies (STS)
Anthropology Beyond the Human
Time and Temporality
Israel/Palestine and the Middle East  


Personal website: Natalia Gutkowski

Current Projects: 

My first book manuscript (in progress) is entitled "Cultivating Time: Agrarian Sustainability and Survival in Israel/Palestine."  The book examines the formation of recent sustainable agriculture policies and their impact on the state’s Palestinian citizens and argues that Israel governs through mechanisms of time that are embedded in new sustainability policies.    I argue that time techniques in governance serve new forms of land control.  Finally, the book suggests that the Israeli state should be understood not only as a colonization and governance of space project but also as a project dedicated to the colonization of time. Thus, I suggest we expand our understanding of sovereignty and governing from space and territory to time.  My second book project, “Species Remaking Borders: Animals as Political Actors in the Borderlands”, examines the political ecology of pests and their techno-scientific management in Israel/Palestine and Jordan in the climate change era. I ask how regional relations of sociality and power operate through animal bodies and how do animals both disrupt and reinforce regional politics. Alternatively to dominant writings on human-non human entanglements that focuses on endangered species, I turn to nonhuman bodies that are here to stay in the Anthropocene such as pests, insects and microbes. These bodies allow us to reflect on the continuous significance of nonhuman bodies to societies in the Anthropocene and serve me as a lens to observe societal relations and the operation of power in the borderlands of Israel/Palestine and beyond.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants (selection)

  • 2017-2019        Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University

  • 2017-2018       (Declined) Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Katz Center for Judaic Studies.

  • 2016-2017         Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

  • 2015-2016       Graduate Fellow, The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.

  • 2015 Spring     Visiting Scholar - Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • 2013-2015        Research Associate - Ludwig Maximilian Universitat, Munich.

  • 2012-2015        Israel National Science Fund Grant No. 932/12.


  • 2018                Max Gluckman Prize for Outstanding Dissertation, Israeli Anthropological Association

  • 2015                The Land Theme Award, Institute for Social Sciences, Cornell University.

  • 2015                Tammy Steinmatz Center for Peace Studies Doctoral Award, Tel Aviv University.

  • 2014-2015       The Whole Organism, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture, Israel.

  • 2014                Honorable Mention: Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence, Tel Aviv University

  • 2011-2013       Excellence in Teaching - Honorable Mentions by the Kibbutzim College’s Dean.

  • 2012                The Israeli Sociological Association: First Prize in MA Thesis contest.

  • 2008                National Award for Environmental Educational Entrepreneurship by the Minister of Education and the Minister of Environmental Protection, Israel.


  • 2017 - Ph.D. Timely Cultivation: Sustainable Agriculture Policy, Temporality and the Palestinian Citizens in Israel. School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University.

  • 2010 - M.A. Summa Cum Laude: The Green Line and the Equator: Fair Trade Olive Oil in Israel and Palestine. School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University.

  • 2006 - B.Ed. - Summa Cum Laude- Kibbutzim Education College, Tel Aviv. Concentration: Democratic Education and History.

  • 2004-2005 - The Arava Institute for Regional Environmental Studies in the Middle East.  



  • Gutkowski, N. (Under an Academic Press consideration) Cultivating Time: Agrarian Sustainability and Survival in Israel/Palestine.


  • Gutkowski, N. (2018). Governing through Timescape: Israeli Sustainable Agriculture Policy and the Palestinian-Arab Citizens. International Journal of Middle East Studies 50(3), 471-492.

  • Gutkowski, N. Grosglik. R. Shani, L. (2017) Toward a Social-Environmental Paradigm in Israeli Sociology and Anthropology. Israeli Sociology. 18(2) p.7-28.

  • Gutkowski, N. Disegni D., Rabinowitz D. (2013) "Fair Trade Olive Oil and its Environmental Impact", in The Journal of Ecology and the Environment, 4 (1) p. 22-13.

  • Neugarten T. Gutkowski, N. (2013) "Community Gardening: Reclaiming Public Spaces", in MAARAV [Ambush], Online Journal for Art, Culture and Media. February Issue.


  • Gutkowski, N. (2016). "Teaching Environmental Justice in Israel", Avisar I. (ed), The Challenge of Sustainability: Education for Social and Environmental Responsibility in Israel Hakkibutz Hameuchad Publication, Tel Aviv. [In Hebrew - Translation available].

  • Gutkowski, N. (2012) (The chapters) "World Agriculture"; "Rural Development in Israel"; "Agricultural Work, Agriculture Crosses Borders"; "Agriculture and the Environment”, in Zaban, Haim (Ed.) 150 Years of Agriculture in Israel, Maariv Publication, Tel Aviv. (Hebrew)

  • Adwan Sami, Bar-on Dan, Eyal Naveh, Bader Khalil, Gutkowski Natalia, Al-Husseini Maysoon, Cohen Nir (2012): Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine. New York, NY, The New Press.

  • Gutkowski, N. (2007) “Kibbutzim Education College – An Open Space of Supremacy?” in Aloni, Nimrod, (ed.) Education and Context –Kibbutzim College Publications, Tel Aviv. [Hebrew -Translation available].


  • Gutkowski, N. (Revise and Resubmit) Bodies that Count: Administering Multispecies in Palestine/Israel’s Borderlands. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

  • Gutkowski, N. “Producing Time: Israeli agricultural policy, the Palestinian Citizens and the work of time as governance” in preparation for The American Ethnologist.

  • Gutkowski, N. “Native Agrarian Science: Palestinian-Arab Agronomists’ Navigation in the Israeli State System” in preparation for Social Studies of Science.

  • Gutkowski, N. In Preparation with Hayal Akarsu, Samar Mussa Al-Bulushi, Sahana Ghosh and Haley McEwen “Anthropology’s Repugnant Others’: The Politics of Empathy and Ethnographic Care” For Current Anthropology.

Recent Presentations


  • “Materializing Time: The Techno-Scientific Transformation of Olive-Oil Culture” The STS Circle, The Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge 4/2019.

  • The above talk was delivered at Boston University’s Anthropology Seminar on 3/2019. 

  •  “Bodies that Count: Multispecies Population Management by Israel in the West Bank” The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, The State University of New York – Buffalo, NY 2/2019

  • “How to be both: Palestinian-Arab Agronomists’ in the Israeli State System.” University of California, Davis. Sociology Seminar, 11/2018


  • 2019    “Agricultural Disease Knows No Border”? Multispecies and The Operation of Biosecurity as Sovereignty Gains in Israel/Palestine. Lecture Presenter. The 118th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada 11/2019

  • 2019   “Cultivating Time: Olive Technoscience as Temporal Governance and Displacement” Paper Presenter.  “On Time: The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society”, Helsinki, Finland, 8/2019

  • Mediated Time: Regulating “The Sabbath of the Land” and Palestinian Citizens Agrarian Survival. Paper Presenter. “On Time: The Biennial Conference of the Finnish Anthropological Society”, Helsinki, Finland, 8/2019
  • “Anthropology's 'Repugnant others'”. Roundtable Discussant. Ethnographic Futures: American Ethnological Society Conference, Washington University in St. Louis 3/2019.

  • 2018    “’The Sabbath of the Land’ and the Palestinian Citizens Agrarian Survival” Lecture Presenter and Panel Co-organizer “Time and Power in Agrarian Environments”. The 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA 11/2018

  • “Non-Humans, Sociality and Power on Israel’s Borders” Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge 10/2018

  • “Government of Time: Agrarian Sustainability Policy, Olive Technoscience and the Palestinian Citizens’ in Israel” Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1/2018