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Lucas, Russell

Associate Professor

Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd Rm B-307 Wells
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
Office Hours: Case N360 Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 am + by appointment


Ph.D. Georgetown University, Government, 2000
M.A. University of Michigan, Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies, 1994
B.A. University of Michigan, Political Science, 1992
?Associate Professor, James Madison College and College of Arts and Letters
Director of Global Studies in Arts and Humanities program

Dr. Lucas teaches classes on the domestic and international politics and cultures 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 which include 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. 


Professor Russell Lucas published, “US–Saudi relations and the search for leverage” in The Conversation.

Professor Russell Lucas published, “Monarchies and Protests in the Arab Uprisings: Path Dependencies or Political Opportunities?” in the Journal of Arabian Studies 4, no. 2 (December 2014):  195-213. Lucas, Thomas Demmelhuber, and Claudia Derichs were the special section editors of “Rethinking the Monarchy-Republic Gap in the Middle East” in the same journal. He also published the chapter, “The Persian Gulf Monarchies and the Arab Spring,” in Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East, edited by Mehran Kamrava. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, 313-340. 

Professor Lucas was interviewed for the City Pulse paper about Syria:  http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-9282-diplomacy.html along with IR student Anas Attal.