Leila Farsakh

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Leila Farsakh (Arabic: ليلى فرسخ‎) (born 1967) is a Palestinian political economist who was born in Jordan and is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Boston.[1] Her area of expertise is Middle East Politics, Comparative Politics, and the Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Farsakh holds a MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK (1990) and a PhD from the University of London (2003).[1]

Farsakh conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and is also a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]

She has worked with a number of organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris (1993 - 1996) and the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute in Ramallah (1998 - 1999).[2]

In 2001 she won the Peace and Justice Award from the Cambridge Peace Commission in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[2]

Farsakh is the Project Co-Director for Jerusalem 2050, a problem-solving project jointly sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Center for International Studies.[3] She has written extensively on issues related to the Palestinian economy and the Oslo peace process, international migration and regional integration.[3]

Farsakh was also a member of the Board at the non-governmental organization RESIST (www.resistinc.org), founded in 1967 to provide grant money and support to grassroots movements advocating for social change.[4]


Published works[edit]

Books (partial list)[edit]

  • Palestinian Labour Migration to Israel: Labour, Land, and Occupation (2005). Taylor & Francis Ltd, United Kingdom. ISBN 0-415-33356-3.[5]
  • Commemorating the Naksa, Evoking the Nakba, (guest editor), Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Spring 2008, MIT, Boston, 2008.

*Development Strategies, Employment and International Migration, (co-edited with David O’Connor), OECD Development Center Publications, Paris, 1996.

  • Palestinian Employment in Israel: 1967-1997 (1998). Ramallah.

Articles (partial list)[edit]

Public Lectures[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "UMass Boston Political Scientist Focuses on a New Civic Blueprint for Jerusalem". University of Massachusetts Boston. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Political Science Faculty". University of Massachusetts Boston. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b "People". Jerusalem 2050. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  4. ^ "Board & Staff". RESIST. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  5. ^ David Bartram (2007). "Book Reviews: Palestinian and the Arab-Israeli Conflict". International Journal of Middle East Studies. Cambridge University Press. 39 (3): 475. doi:10.1017/S002074380707064X. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  6. ^ Matt Horton (March 2007). "Waging Peace". Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Middle East Forum Event Archive". Harvard University. Retrieved 2007-09-11.