Positions Held

Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, University of Washington, 1994-present
Professor of International Studies, University of Washington, 1982 – present
Chair, International Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 1981 – 1995
Director, National Resource Center in International Studies, University of Washington, 1985 – 1995
Chair, Jewish Studies Program, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 2001-2002
Associate Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 1983 – 1985
Associate Professor of International Studies, University of Washington, 1980 – 1982
Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University, 1975 – 1980
Research Fellow, Harvard Center for International Affairs, 1976 – 1980
Senior Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University, 1974 – 1975
Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University, 1972 – 1974

Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University, Department of Government
Ph.D., 1972
Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
B.A., 1967, with highest honors


Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2009-2010
Provost Distinguished Lecturer, University of Washington, 2008
Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award, University of Washington, 2006
Lady Davis Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002-2003
Governor’s Writers Award, 1994, for Palestinians: The Making of a People
Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Washington, 1993
Student Service Award, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of
Washington, 1992 (awarded in recognition of outstanding service to students in
the International Studies Program)
Yavor Prize for the best work on developing countries, 1986, awarded by the David
Horowitz Institute for the Research of Developing Countries for Strong Societies
and Weak States: State Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third
Principal Investigator for three major federal grants (Department of Education,
Washington,D.C.) totalling well over $1 million
World Society Fellowship (1989-90)
Fulbright Research Fellowship (declined)
Fulbright-Hayes Research Fellowship (1985-86)
Phi Beta Kappa
Harvard University Graduate Prize Fellowship
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
NSF—a number of grants as PI, with Ph.D students I supervise

Selected Professional Activities

Member editorial board, Comparative Political Economy Book Series, School of Government at
Peking University, China
President, Association for Israel Studies, 2003-2005
Vice-president, Association for Israel Studies, 2001-2003
Editor, Studies on Israel series of the University of Wisconsin Press
Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Chair, Visiting Committee, Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies
Member, Editorial Board, Israel Studies Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2001-present.
Member, Editorial Board, World Politics, 1996-present.
Member, Editorial Board, Comparative Political Studies, 1992-present.
Member, American Political Science Association.
Member of the International Joint Committee for the Near and Middle East, Social Science Research Council, 1988-1996. Chair of Committee, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-96.


Boundaries and Belonging: States and Societies in the Struggle to Shape Identities and Local Practices. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge, 2004.

The Palestinian People: A History. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2003. Joel S. Migdal, and Baruch Kimmerling.

    • Palestinians: The Making of a People (with Baruch Kimmerling ) (New York: The Free Press, 1993). Paperback edition, Harvard University Press, 1994.
    • Italian edition (I palesti­nesi: la genesi di un popolo), La Nuova Italia, 1994—second Italian edition, 2003;
    • Hebrew edition, Keter, 1999.
    • Serialized by Al-Ithihad (Israeli newspaper in Arabic), Jan.-March 2000.
    • Arabic edition, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (Madar), 2001

Through the Lens of Israel: Explorations in State and Society. SUNY series in Israeli studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.

State in Society: Studying How States and Societies Transform and Constitute One Another. Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World. Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Joel S. Migdal, Atul Kohli, and Vivienne Shue.

Rules and Rights in the Middle East: Democracy, Law, and Society. Jackson School publications in international studies. Seattle: University of Washington, 1993. Ellis Goldberg, Reşat Kasaba, and Joel S. Migdal.

Strong Societies and Weak States: State-Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Palestinian Society and Politics. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Patterns of Policy: Comparative and Longitudinal Studies of Population Events. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1979. John D. Montgomery, Harold D. Lasswell, and Joel S. Migdal.

Peasants, Politics, and Revolution: Pressures Towards Political and Social Change in the Third World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1974) Chinese edition, 1996.

Articles & Chapters

“Statebuilding and the Non-Nation-State,” 58 Journal of International Affairs, (Fall 2004).

“Mental Maps and Virtual Checkpoints: Struggles to Construct and Maintain State and Social Boundaries” in Migdal, ed., Boundaries and Belonging.

“Changing Boundaries and Social Crisis: Israel and the 1967 War” in Stephen Heydemann, ed., War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).

“Why Do So Many States Stay Intact?” in Peter Dauvergne, ed., Weak and Strong States in Asia-Pacific Societies (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1998).

“Studying the State” in Mark I. Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman, eds., Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

“Finding the Meeting Ground of Fact and Fiction: Some Reflections on Turkish Modernization” in Reşat Kasaba and Sibel Bozdoğan, eds., Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Tur­key (University of Washington Press, 1998). Also published in Turkish.

“Integration and Disintegration: An Approach to Society Formation” in Luc Van DeGoor, Kumar Rupesinghe, and Paul Sciarone, eds., Between Development and Destruction: An Enquiry into the Causes of Conflict in Post-Colonial States (St. Martin’s Press, 1996).

“Society Formation and the Case of Israel” in Michael Barnett, ed., Israel in Comparative Poli­tics: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom (SUNY Press, 1996).

“The State in Society: An Approach to Struggles for Domination,” in Joel S. Migdal, Atul Kohli, Vivienne Shue, eds., State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

“Introduction” and “Civil Society in Israel,” in Rules and Rights in the Middle East: Democracy, Law and Society, Ellis Goldberg, Resat Kasaba, Joel S. Migdal, eds. (University of Washington Press, 1993).

“The Power and Limits of States: Struggles for Domination Between States and Societies” in Volker Bornschier and Peter Lengyel, eds., Waves, Formations and Values in the World System, World Society Studies Vol. 2 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1992).

“Religion, Class, and Democracy in the Middle East,” Perspectives on War and Peace, 8 (Spring. 1991): 13-14.

“The State in Society: Struggle and Accommodations in Multiple Arenas,” States and Social Structures Newsletter, No. 13 (Spring, 1990): 1-5.

Individual Change in the Midst of Social and Political Change,” Social Science Journal 25 (1988), 125-139.

“The Individual and Rapid Change,” Paper No. 1/87 of The David Horowitz Institute for the Re­search of Developing Countries, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel (1987)

“The Crystallization of the State and the Struggles over Rulemaking: Israel in Comparative Per­spective,” in Boundaries of the Israeli System, ed. by Baruch Kimmerling (Albany: SUNY Press, 1988).

“Vision and Practice: The Leader, the State, and the Transformation of Society,” International Political Science Review 9 (1988): 23-41.

“Strong States, Weak States: Strategies of Elite Survival,” in Understanding Political Develop­ment, ed. by Myron Weiner and Samuel Huntington (Cambridge, MA: Little, Brown, 1987).

“A Model of State-Society Relations” in New Directions in Comparative Politics, ed. by Howard J. Wiarda (Boulder: Westview Press, 1985)

“Studying the Politics of Development and Change:  The State of the Art” in Political Science:  The State of the Discipline, ed. by Ada W. Finifter (Washington,D.C.:  American Political Sci­ence Association, 1983).

“Capitalist Penetration in the Nineteenth Century: Creating Conditions for New Patterns of Social Control” in Power and Protest in the Countryside:  Studies of Rural Unrest in Asia, Europe and Latin America, ed. by Robert P. Weller and Scott E. Guggenheim (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1982).

Harold D. Lasswell, John D. Montgomery, and Joel S. Migdal, “Thinking about Policies in Pat­terns: Contexts and Sequences” (in Patterns of Policy).

“Policy in Context:  The Intended and the Unintended in Migration Policy in the third World” (in Patterns of Policy).

“Policy and Power:  A Framework for the Study of Comparative Policy Contexts in Third World Countries,” Public Policy, 25 (Spring, 1977); reprinted in Policy Studies Review Annual, Vol. II, ed. by Harold E. Freeman (Beverly Hills, Calif.:  Sage, 1978).

“State and Society in a Society Without a State” in The Palestinians and the Middle East Con­flict, ed. by Gabriel Ben-Dor  (Ramat Gan, Israel:  Turtledove, 1978).

“Urbanization and Political Change:  The Impact of Foreign Rule,”  Comparative Studies in Society and History, 19 (July, 1977).

“The Tensions of Modernization:  A Theory of the Role of the Family in Societal Change,”  International Journal of Group Tensions, (September, 1974).

“Internal Structure and External Behavior:  Explaining Foreign Policies of Third World States,” International Relations, 4 (May,1974).

“Population Growth, Economic Crisis, and Development in Rural Areas of the Third World,” ITCC Review, 3 (July,1974).

“Why Change?  Towards a Theory of Change Among Individuals in the Process of Moderniza­tion,” World Politics, 26 (January, 1974).