Laila El-Haddad

Laila El-Haddad is a talented blogger, political analyst, social activist, and parent-of-three from Gaza City.

She is the author of author of two books:  Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between, based on her blog by the same name, and co-author of the critically acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.
El-Haddad received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University, and her Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

From 2003-2007, El-Haddad was the Gaza stringer for the Al Jazeera English website and a regular contributor to the BBC and the Guardian online as well as radio correspondent for Pacifica’s Free Speech Radio News. During this time, she co-directed two Gaza-based documentaries for Tourist with a Typewriter Productions, including the award-winning film Tunnel Trade.

She has been published in the Baltimore SunWashington PostInternational Herald TribuneThe New StatesmanThe Daily StarLe monde diplomatique, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera. Since November 2004, she has authored an award-winning blog now known as Gaza Mom.

A running theme in El-Haddad's writing is the personalization of the situation of Palestinians, a topic to which she brings her characteristic wry humor and introspective humanity about her daily life and those of other Palestinians.

She currently makes her home in Columbia, Maryland with her husband Yassine Daoud, and they three children. 

If you would like to plan a speaking event with Laila, please contact her at laila.elhaddad [at] gmail [dot] com