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.