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Russell Lucas

Russell Lucas

Associate Professor

Expert in U.S.-Middle East relations and politics of the Arab world

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Area of Expertise

Democratization Saudi Arabia Public Opinion Middle East Politics Foreign Policy Jordan Syria


Russell Lucas is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Global Studies at Michigan State University. Dr. Lucas teaches classes on the politics and culture of the Middle East, as well as theories of global studies. His research specializes on Middle Eastern politics and culture with attention to foreign policy, public opinion, political institutions, and the media. His book, Institutions and the Politics of Survival in Jordan: Domestic Responses to External Challenges, 1988-2001 was ... published by SUNY Press. He has also published articles in a range of journals, including Journal of Democracy, International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of Arabian Studies, International Interactions, Journal of Middle East Culture and Communication, and the Middle East Journal. His current research focuses on conceptions of public opinion in the Arab World and on the politics of Arab monarchies. He has previously served as the Director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program in the College of Arts and Letters. He has previously taught at Florida International University and at the University of Oklahoma.

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Georgetown University: Ph.D., Comparative Government | 2000

University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School: M.A., Modern Middle East and North African Studies | 1994

University of Michigan: B.A., Political Science and Government | 1992

Selected Press

Arms And Influence In The Khashoggi Affair

The Conversation | 2018-10-16

President Donald Trump’s reaction to the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul reveals important details about the declining influence of U.S. in the Middle East.

MSU Experts Can Discuss Election Issues

MSU Today | 2016-11-07

Russell Lucas, director of MSU’s Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities and associate professor of Arab studies, is an expert on U.S.-Middle East relations and Arabic culture. He can comment on the differences between candidates in regards to the United States’ involvement in Middle Eastern affairs as well as on how those positions are viewed by different groups in the Middle East...

Faculty Conversations: Russell Lucas

MSU Today | 2013-09-11

As much as he enjoyed his experiences abroad, there really is no place like home for Russell Lucas.

“It’s great to be back in Michigan and working at MSU,” said Lucas, director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program. “I really am appreciative of being able to do that.”

Lucas, a Michigan native, has been working at MSU for two years. He spent the previous 20 years in places such as Washington D.C., Jerusalem and Kuwait, and he draws from those experiences to teach classes...