Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC; senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; and senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly. Between 2002 and 2004, Rubin worked as a staff advisor for Iran and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, in which capacity he was seconded to Iraq. Between 2004 and 2009, he was chief editor of the Middle East Quarterly.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rubin received a B.S. degree in biology from Yale University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in history from the same institution in 1999. He has previously worked as a lecturer in Iranian history at Yale University; Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC; and at three different universities in Northern Iraq. Rubin currently teaches seminars about Iran, terrorism, and law enforcement issues arising out of the Middle East to the FBI, and teaches on board U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Marine Expeditionary Units as they deploy across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He has lived and conducted research in Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and with the Taliban in Afghanistan pre-9/11.
Rubin is author of Kurdistan Rising (AEI, 2016), Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engagement (Encounter, 2015), a history of a half-century of American diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups, The Shi’ites of the Middle East (AEI,2014) and two earlier books examining Iranian history
Rubin currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and two children.
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