Yael Mishali completed her PhD dissertation in the Cultural Studies Department at Tel Aviv University. This dissertation, based in American literature, examined the intelligibility of marginal gender and sexual positions, by utilizing life experience as an alternative ethical basis for the consolidation of a new theoretical framework, one which is committed to livable identity models. During the past three years Mishali have been working on postdoctoral research, at The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, centralizing the positions of Mizrahi LGBTs, in hopes of positing an alternative to their cultural omission and misrepresentation. This research has utilized qualitative methodology to call attention to the reciprocal relations between racism and homophobia in Israel, as well as to the repercussions of the binary construction of Mizrahi and queer as polar opposites. At the Minerva Humanities Center Mishali examines the feasibility of Arab-Jewish language, as a new possible ground for understanding and validating misrepresented identities and cultures, by analyzing the writings of Sami Berdugo.