Basma Fahoum is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Stanford University. She holds an MA in culture research from Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation project examines the history of tobacco cultivation in Palestine in the late Ottoman and British Mandatory periods, as well as in Israel. Basma serves as co-editor of the Social History Workshop, a Hebrew-language public history blog published on the website of Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. She is interested in the history of capitalism and informal/illegal economic activities. Lately, she has been taking an interest in agro-ecology, food sovereignty, and climate change.