Adila Laïdi-Hanieh received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled: Re-articulating the Aesthetic and the Nationalist: The Un-decidable Politics of Contemporary Palestinian Artistic Practices. Her two field concentrations were theories of ideology, and postcolonial studies.
Dr. Laïdi-Hanieh taught modern Arab intellectual history, and the first course on Palestinian arts at Birzeit University, from 2006 to 2008. She wrote the artist biography Fahrelnissa Zeid, Painter of Inner Worlds (2017), and commissioned and edited the first cultural review on contemporary Palestine: Palestine, rien ne nous manque ici (2008).
She is a former board member of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and was the first board chairperson of Cultural Resource (Al-Mawred al-Thaqafy, Cairo). Dr. Laïdi-Hanieh was the founding director of the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre from 1996 until 2005. She led its status change to NGO and grew its budget tenfold. She conceptualized and implemented its mission around the three axes of Palestinian cultural identity and narrative, visual arts, and arts access to all. She ran there a multidisciplinary public program of activities, original multimedia outreach, publications, and curated the internationally touring memorial art exhibition 100 Shaheed-100 Lives (2001-2003).