Lawrence Rubin is an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for International Strategy Technology, and Policy. His research interests include Middle East politics and international security with a specific focus on Islam and politics, Arab foreign policies, and nuclear proliferation. He has conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Israel, the UAE, and Yemen.
Rubin is currently on leave for the 2017-2018 AY to serve in the Office of Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy under a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation.
Rubin is the author of Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics (Stanford University Press, 2014). His other work has been published in International Studies Review, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Middle East Policy, Terrorism and Political Violence, Contemporary Security Policy, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Brookings Institute, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, Lawfare, and The Washington Post. Rubin is a co-editor and contributor two other books: Comparative Perspectives on Strategic Stability (Georgetown University Press, 2018) with Adam Stulberg, and Terrorist Rehabilitation and Counter-Radicalisation: New Approaches to Counter-terrorism (Routledge 2011).
Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, Rubin was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs with the Dubai Initiative in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2009-2010) and was lecturer on the Robert and Myra Kraft chair in Arab politics at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University (2008-2009). Outside of Academia, he has held positions at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and the RAND Corporation. Rubin serves as the Associate Editor for the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.
Rubin received his PhD in Political Science from UCLA (2009) and earned degrees from University of Oxford, London School of Economics, and UC Berkeley. His research has been supported by the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, the Institute of Global Cooperation and Conflict, the U.S. Department of Education, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, Project on Middle East Political Science, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.