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Russell Lucas

Russell  Lucas
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room N370
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-353-8615


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 politics and culture of the Middle East, as well as theories of global studies. His research specializes on Middle Eastern politics 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, British Journal of Political Science, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of Arabian Studies, 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.


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.