Dr. Nirit Ben Ari has a Ph.D.in Political Science from the Graduate and University Center in the City University of New York. Her dissertation is titled: "From the South Bronx to Israel: Rap Music and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict." Nirit was a music editor in Galey Zahal, the Israeli military radio station, a tour guide in the United Nations, and an adjunct lecturer of Political Science in New York and Israel. She writes for Haaretz, and teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She lives in the Florentine neighborhood in south Tel Aviv.