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New Directions in Palestinian Studies


This series publishes books that put Palestinians at the center of research projects, and that make an innovative contribution to decolonizing and globalizing knowledge production about the Palestinians in and beyond Palestine.


The series acquires projects by established academics and by rising scholars who place a premium on rigorous archival and field research, on theoretical and methodological innovation, and on accessible and elegant writing. Works that integrate comparative and global perspectives are especially welcome. The series is open to a wide range of approaches to the study of Palestine and the Palestinians including, but not limited to, the fields of history, anthropology, literature, political economy, sociology, religious studies, international relations, post-colonial studies, environmental studies, visual culture, and media studies. The series does not accept unrevised doctoral dissertations or awards contracts in advance of submission of a completed manuscript.


We are currently accepting submissions for this series on a rolling basis. To receive full consideration please email a book proposal and your CV to the editorial committee at UC Press Book Proposal Guidelines can be found here.


New Directions in Palestinian Studies is a series published through UC Press’s open access platform, Luminos, and in conjunction with the New Directions in Palestinian Studies research initiative of Brown University’s Middle East Studies Program. Books in the series are available as free e-books as well as an affordable paperback edition.

Luminos is University of California Press’s open access publishing program for monographs. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production and marketing as our traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared. 

Over the past generation, the field of Palestine and Palestinians studies has grown rapidly, attracting some of the best and brightest scholars. NDPS, launched in 2012 by Beshara Doumani, promotes innovative and rigorous knowledge production in this field with a focus on emerging scholars through an annual thematic workshop, an endowed post-doctoral fellowship, this book series, and the Mahmoud Darwish Chair in Palestinian Studies.

Books in the series have received considerable global recognition. Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization by Lynn Welchman is a winner of the 2022 Palestine Book Award.


  • Beshara Doumani, Brown University—Series Editor
  • Nadia Abu El-Haj, Barnard College and Columbia University
  • Samera Esmeir, University of California, Berkeley
  • Nouri Gana, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rema Hammami, Birzeit University
  • Bianca Rosen, Brown University—Editorial Assistant
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