Azoulay has degrees from Université Paris VIII, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Tel Aviv University. In 1999 she began teaching at Bar-Ilan University. In 2010 Azoulay was denied tenure at Bar-Ilan, a move regarded by some colleagues and commentators as politically motivated. In 2010 she was the Gladstein Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Center of the University of Connecticut. In 2011 she was Leverhulme Research Professor at Durham University, and she is currently Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.
Her partner, with whom she has also co-authored written work, is the philosopher Adi Ophir.
The following is available in English translation:
- Death's Showcase: the power of image in contemporary democracy, 2001
- The Civil Contract of Photography, Zone Books, 2008
- From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950, Pluto Press, 2011
- Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography, 2011
- (with Adi Ophir) This Regime Which Is Not One: Occupation and Democracy between the Sea and The River (1967 - ), Stanford University Press, 2011
- (with Adi Ophir) The One-State Condition: Occupation and Democracy in Israel/Palestine, Stanford University Press, forthcoming
- Different ways not to say deportation, Fillip Editions/Artspeak, 2013
- The Food Chain, 2010. Part 1, Part 2
- The Angel of History. (Excerpts here and here)
- Civil Alliance, 2012
- Biography at MACBA's website
- "Ariella Azoulay". Brown University. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- Or Kashti, Bar-Ilan lecturer reportedly denied tenure due to views, Ha'aretz, 24 September 2010; Neve Gordan, Untenurable: The Firing of Ariella Azoulay Archived October 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Palestine Chronicle, 5 October 2010; Or Kashti, Top Israeli professors charge Bar-Ilan University with political persecution, Ha'aretz, 3 March 2011