Date of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Vijay Prashad

Second Advisor

Christina Heatherton


This thesis explores the relationship between building materials corporations, specifically HeidelbergCement, and the state of Israel. The cooperation between capitalist corporations and a settler-colonial state is analyzed not just as a symbiotic relationship, but also as a site where the paradoxes and flawed logic of the occupation of Palestine can be exposed. The second half of the paper focuses on how organizations and individuals have used legal challenges to HeidelbergCement and Israel as mechanisms for social change beyond impact litigation alone.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.