Dr. Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations; 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 history at Yale University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, and at three different universities in northern Iraq. He has lived and conducted research in Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and with the Taliban in Afghanistan pre-9/11.

Rubin regularly instructs senior U.S. army officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan, and also teaches classes aboard deploying U.S. carrier strike groups and Marine Expeditionary Units.

Rubin is author of Into the Shadows: Radical Vigilantes in Khatami’s Iran (Washington Institute, 2001), co-author of Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos (Palgrave, 2005), and co-editor of Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2008). Encounter will publish a third book, Dancing with the Devil, detailing a half-century of American diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups, in 2014.

Rubin lives in Maryland with his wife Anna Borshchevskaya and their daughter, born in 2012.