Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He researches the US Empire, borders, and migration. His dissertation at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography in Massachusetts focused on militarization and sovereignty. He coauthored the 2015 "Black Solidarity with Palestine" statement, which was signed by more than 1,100 black activists, artists, and scholars.
Petersen-Smith has been a leading activist for internationalist solidarity, economic justice, and racial and gender equality since he was a high school student. He traveled to Iraq in 2004 on a United for Peace and Justice delegation where he represented the Campus Anti-War Network.