Leila Farsakh

Leila Farsakh

Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston. JPS editorial committee member.

Leila Farsakh is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Palestine Studies.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London (2003), an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990), and a B.A from the University of Exeter in the UK (1989). She has worked with a number of international organizations, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (1993-1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998-1999). Between 2003 and 2004 she undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

Dr. Farsakh has published on questions related to Palestinian labor flows, the Oslo Process, international migration and regional integration in a wide range of journals, including the Middle East Journal, the European Journal of Development Research, and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her book, Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, was published by Routledge Press in fall 2005. Her latest publications include editing "Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba," for the Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, in Spring 2008. In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.




State Formation in Palestine: Alternatives to Partition
Fellow Leila Farsakh on citizenship rights and alternative models for state formation in Palestine and Israel at the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC).
On the Arab Revolutions and Palestine
Journal of Palestine Studies Editorial Committee member Leila Farsakh discusses the implications of the protest movements in the Arab world on Palestinian politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Palestine Studies TV is a project of the...


How Israeli Settlements Stifle Palestine’s Economy

This article was published by al Shabaka on 15 December 2015 and co-authored by IPS Senior Fellow Leila Farsakh, and Nur Arafeh and Samia al-Botmeh. Overview Israel sees the European Union’s recently issued guidelines on labeling some of its settlement products as the thin edge of the wedge. It fears this will open the door to stronger measures against its illegal settlement...

Time for a Bi-National State

This article was published in Le Monde Diplomatique in March 2007. There is talk once again of a one-state bi-national solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Oslo peace process failed to bring Palestinians their independence and the withdrawal from Gaza has not created a basis for a democratic Palestinian state as President George Bush had imagined: the Palestinians...


Palestinian Economic Development: Paradigm Shifts since the First Intifada

This article reflects on the body of knowledge that has been constructed around the Palestinian economy. It traces the paradigm shifts between the two most commonly used theoretical frameworks—neoliberalism and colonialism—and assesses their success in analyzing and explaining the determinants of...

Palestinian Labor Flows to the Israeli Economy: A Finished Story?

This article analyzes employment trends of West Bank and Gaza Palestinians working in Israel during the Oslo years (1993–2000). While significantly reduced from pre-1992 levels, Palestinian labor flows to Israel remained important but changed in form and content, revealing contrasting Israeli...


Can an Alternative Solution be Found?

Journal of Palestine Studies Editorial Committee member Leila Farsakh spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center as part of the Middle East Initiative Speaker Series on 1 May 2012.