Alean Al-Krenawi

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  • Full Professor, Department of Social Work, Ben-Gurian University of the Negev, Israel


Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi has a Ph.D. from University of Toronto, a Master of Social Work from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a B.A. from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He is a Professor in the Spitzer Department of Social Work in Ben-Gurion University. He has held faculty, senior administrative, and consultative appointments at Ben-Gurion University, Al-Ahliyya Amman University of Jordan, Achva Academic College (Israel), Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Social Work (Canada) and Visiting Scholar/Professor positions at University of Calgary (Canada) and Bournemouth University (UK).


Ph.D., University of Toronto


Professor Al-Krenawi’s prolific interdisciplinary and international work addresses the fields of social work, mental health, the social sciences, and cultural studies, focusing on culturally appropriate services for Bedouin and other Arab cultures and peace and dialogue initiatives in the Middle East and North America.


Dr. Al-Krenawi has published at least 9 books, 100 refereed articles, and 45 chapters. He has guest edited several journals and conducted numerous scholarly presentations internationally. Dr. Al-Krenawi has managed about $10 million dollars in funded research and projects. His books on Building Peace through Knowledge: the Israeli-Palestinian Case and Diversity and Social Work in Canada are dedicated to support well-being and social justice. His led a multiyear USAID project to advance dialogue and mutual understanding between Israeli and Palestinian participants. Dr. Al-Krenawi received Honoris Causa recognition from The Academic Arab College for Education in Israel.


Dr. Al-Krenawi integrated courses and workshops on diversity and cross-cultural relations at the Spitzer Department of Social Work (BGU) and promoted many activities for student dialogue and engagement with diversity at Achva Academic College, bringing together students of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze backgrounds.