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Russell Lucas

Russell  Lucas
  • Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room N360
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-353-8615


Russell E. Lucas

Professor, James Madison College and College of Arts and Letters Ph.D. Georgetown University, Government M.A. University of Michigan, Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies B.A. University of Michigan, Political Science

Professor Lucas teaches classes on the international relations and domestic 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 MSU’s College of Arts and Letters.

He has previously taught at Florida International University and at the University of Oklahoma.



Professor Russell Lucas published, “How a few young leaders are shaking up foreign policy in the Gulf Cooperation Council,” in the Washington Post Monkey Cage

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



Lucas, Russell E. “Public Attitudes on Peace with Israel in Jordanian Politics,” Middle Eastern Studies 57, no. 3 (April 2021): 469-484. https://doi.org/10.1080/00263206.2021.1898380.

Gengler, Justin J., Mark Tessler, Russell Lucas, and Jonathan Forney. “‘Why Do You Ask?’ The Nature and Impacts of Attitudes towards Public Opinion Surveys in the Arab World.” British Journal of Political Science 51, no. 1 (2021): 115–36. doi:10.1017/S0007123419000206.

Lucas, Russell E. “Jordanian-Israeli Relations Under King Hussein,” in Handbook on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, edited by P.R. Kumaraswamy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 421-433. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-9166-8_26