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Lucas, Russell

Associate Professor

Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd Rm B-307 Wells
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027


Russell E. Lucas

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

Russell E. Lucas is co-director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program and an Associate Professor of Arab Studies at Michigan State University. He teaches classes for James Madison College on comparative foreign policy and Middle East politics. His research specializes on Middle Eastern politics and culture with attention to democratization, public opinion, the media, and foreign policy. 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, andthe Middle East Journal. He is currently writing a new book on the politics of Arab monarchies. He has previously taught at Florida International University and at the University of Oklahoma.


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.