Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East, New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.




“Foreword” in Adam White (ed.) The Everyday Life of the State. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2013.

  • “The ‘state in society’ concept used in this volume has been developed by political scientist Joel S. Migdal.”



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

  •        Now in paper



PalPeopleThe 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