Israel Studies Review

Yoram Peri, University of Maryland, College Park
Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland, College Park

Now increased to 3 issues a year!

Subjects: Israel studies, Middle Eastern studies, Politics

 Available on JSTOR

Published on behalf of the Association for Israel Studies


AIS Membership includes subscription to this journal.

AIS Members: Access the journal online here.

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 35 (2020): Issue 2 (Sep 2020): Military Policing in Israel. Guest Editors: Nir Gazit and Yagil Levy

Volume 35 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (summer, winter)

Israel Studies Forum was relaunched in 2011 as the Israel Studies Review, under the editorship of Yoram Peri, Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

Aims & Scope

Israel Studies Review (ISR) is the journal of the Association for Israel Studies, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli society, history, politics, and culture.

ISR explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world, and encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel.

One of the main tasks of the ISR is to review in a timely manner recent books on Israel-related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send us their books for review consideration.

The Israel Studies Review editors fully recognize the passions and controversies present in this field. They are dedicated to the mission of the ISR as a nonpartisan journal publishing scholarship of the highest quality, and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the emergent field of Israel Studies.


Israel Studies Review is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
  • Academic Source Complete (Ebsco)
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • Book Review Digest (Ebsco)
  • Electronic Current Contents of Periodicals on the Middle East (Dayan Center)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Index for Jewish Periodicals
  • Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (RAMBI)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • Jewish Studies Source (Ebsco)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Abstract (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)

Yoram Peri, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Teaching Israel Studies Editor: Shira Klein, Chapman University, USA

Assistant Editor: Amber Taylor, Brandeis University, USA

Editorial Advisory Board:
Khawla Abu-Baker, Emek Yisrael College, Israel
Myron Aronoff*, Rutgers University, USA
Gad Barzilai, University of Washington/University of Haifa Law School, USA/Israel
Uri Ben-Eliezer, Haifa University, Israel
Uri Bialer, Hebrew University, Israel
Rachel Brenner*, University of Wisconsin, USA
Mitchell Cohen, Baruch College, USA
Alan Dowty*, University of Notre Dame, USA
Robert O. Freedman*, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Motti Golani, Haifa University, Israel
Majd al-Hajj, Haifa University, Israel
Aviva Halamish*, Open University of Israel
Hanna Herzog*, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Clive Jones, University of Durham, UK
Michael Keren, University of Calgary, Canada
Pnina Lahav*, Boston University, USA
Ian Lustick*, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Gregory Mahler*, Earlham College, USA
Jonathan Mendilow, Rider University, USA
Joel Migdal*, University of Washington, USA
Derek Penslar, University of Oxford, UK
Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Uri Ram, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Zaki Shalom, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Gershon Shafir*, University of California, San Diego, USA
Russell Stone*, American University, USA
Miriam Talmon-Bohm, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Mark Tessler*, University of Michigan, USA
Angelika Timm, Free University, Berlin, Germany
Chaim I. Waxman, Rutgers University, USA
Elie Wiesel , Boston University, USA
Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic, USA
Oren Yiftachel, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University, USA
Ronald Zweig, New York University, USA

* Indicates a past or present AIS President


Manuscript Submissions

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

Those wishing to submit articles should send them as a Microsoft Word attachment to the editors at

Send abstracts for Teaching Israel Studies articles to Shira Kelin at

All contributions are externally refereed by scholars of international repute.

Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the ISR style guide will be returned to the author for amendment.

Have other questions? Please refer to the Berghahn Info for Authors page for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Israel Studies Review (ISR) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ISR ethics statement.

Annual Subscriptions

Volume 35/2020, 3 issues p.a. (summer, winter)
ISSN 2159-0370 (Print) • ISSN 2159-0389 (Online)
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2020 Pricing

Institutional Rate (Print & Online)
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Please visit the Association for Israel Studies website to join as a new member, to renew your membership, or to register for AIS annual meetings.

The AIS is open to all individuals who are engaged in, or share an interest in, scholarly inquiry about the State of Israel. The Association's membership is composed of scholars from all disciplines in the social sciences and many in the humanities. For further details on the Association, please visit the AIS website.

Benefits of Joining the AIS

  • Full online access to Israel Studies Review (three new issues a year plus yearlong access to all previous online issues on the Berghahn-hosted ISR website, as well as access to the full digitized archive on JSTOR)
  • E-mail delivery of AIS newslink, the Association's newsletter
  • Reduced registration fees at the Annual Meetings
  • Advertisement of new books on the AIS website and to the AIS listserv and display of books on the AIS-members table at the AIS Annual Meeting (with cost)
  • Voting privileges
  • Eligibility for submission and consideration for the Association's awards
  • Discount (25%) on all Berghahn Books Publications
  • Discount (20%) on subscriptions to Israel Studies (Indiana University Press)


  • Standard membership is $120.
  • Special membership rates are available for students ($25), retirees ($95), and scholars with no permanent university position ($60). (These rates include full online access to ISR and its archive.)
  • For an additional cost, members may choose to receive print copies of ISR (in addition to the online access they already receive) when they renew their membership (North American addresses: $30; Elsewhere: $36). Please email
  • Membership is annual, by calendar year. Each membership ends on December 31 in the year the membership was processed.
  • Membership dues are nonrefundable.

AIS Members: Access the journal online here.