Ian Lustick

Professor of Political Science

BA, Brandeis University

MA/Ph.D., University of California- Berkeley

Dr. Lustick is interested comparative politics, international politics, organization theory, and Middle Eastern politics, and teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, techniques of hegemonic analysis, and on the expansion and contraction of states. Current projects include a book on agent-based modeling approaches to political mobilization in semi-authoritarian regimes and the implications of adaptive failure for Israel’s political future.


Dr. Lustick works with but does not supervise psychology graduate students.  He welcomes them into his courses and seminars.

Office Location: 
3440 Market Street, Room 306
Selected Publications: 

Unsettled States, Disputed Lands:  Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank/Gaza (Ithaca:  Cornell University Press, 1993)

"What Counts is the Counting: Statistical Manipulation as a Solution to Israel’s 'Demographic Problem'The Middle East Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2, Spring 2013. 

"Review of Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model." Perspectives on Politics, December 2012: 1026-1028.

"America and the Regional Powers in a Transforming Middle East," with F. Gregory Gause, III. Middle East Policy. Vol XIX, No. 2, Summer 2012.

"Institutional Rigidity and Evolutionary Theory: Trapped on a Local MaximumCliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History. 2 (2) 2011.

Sergio DellaPergola, "When Scholarship Disturbs Narrative: Ian Lustick on Israel's Migration Balance," Israel Studies Review, Vol. 26, Is. 2, Winter 2011: 1-20. (A critical response to "Israel's Migration Balance: Demography, Politics, and Ideology.")

Ian Lustick, "Leaving the Villa and Touching a Raw Nerve," Israel Studies Review, Vol. 26, Is. 2, Winter 2011: 21-27. (A response to DellaPergola's critique.)

"Israel's Migration Balance: Demography, Politics, and Ideology," Israel Studies Review, Vol. 26, Is. 1, Summer 2011: 33-65.

"Tetlock and Counterfactuals: Saving Methodological Ambition from Empirical Findings," Critical Review, 22: 4, 427-447.

"Secession of the Center: A Virtual Probe of the Prospects for Punjabi Secessionism in Pakistan and the Secession of Punjabistan," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol 14, No. 1, January 2011.

"Taking Evolution Seriously: Evolutionary Theory and Historical Institutionalism," Polity, January 2011.

Abstractions, Ensembles, and Virtualizations: Simplicity and Complexity in Agent-Based Modeling." Comparative Politics, January 2009. Vol. 41, no. 2. (with Dan Miodownik)

"Abandoning the Iron Wall: Israel and the Middle Eastern 'Muck.'" Middle East Policy
(September 2008)

"Yerushalayim, al-Quds, and the Wizard of Oz: The Problem of Jerusalem after Camp David II and the Aqsa Intifada," in Jerusalem: Idea and Reality, Tamar Mayer and Suleiman A. Mourad, eds. (London: Routledge, 2008) pp. 283-302.

"The War on Terror: When the Response is the Catastrophe," in Emergency Management in Higher Education: Current Practices and Conversations, Jessica A. Hubbard, ed. (Fairfax, VA: The Public Entity Risk Institute, 2008) pp. 73-98.

"Israel's Future: The Time Factor. A Debate between Efraim Inbar and Ian S. Lustick," Israel Studies Forum, Volume 23, Issue 1, Summer 2008: 3-11.

"Fractured Fairy Tale: The War on Terror and the Emperor's New Clothes"

"Defining Violence: A Plausibility Probe Using Agent-Based Modeling"

• "Hegemony and the Riddle of Nationalism: The Dialectics of Political Identity in the Middle East" Ethnic Conflict and International Politics in the Middle East, Leonard Binder, ed. (Gainsville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1999) pp.332-359.
(Read this chapter as a working paper)
(Read it as published in Logos, Summer 2002, Vol 1, #3.)

• "Negotiating Truth: The Holocaust, Lehavdil, and al-Nakba," Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 60, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 2006) pp. 51-80.

• "Through Blood and Fire Shall Peace Arise." Tikkun, Vol. 17, No. 3., pp. 13-19.
(Read this article)

• "Yerushalayim, al-Quds and the Wizard of Oz: Facing the Problem of Jerusalem after Camp David II and the al-Aqsa Intifada." The Journal of Israeli History, Vol.23, No.2, Autumn 2004, pp. 200–215.
(Read this article)

• “Israeli History: Who is Fabricating What?” Survival, Autumn 1997, pp. 156-166.
(Read Dr. Lustick's review of Fabricating Israeli History: The 'New Historians' by Efraim Karsh and Efraim Karsh'sresponse to the review)

• "Hegemonic Beliefs and Territorial Rights." International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Vol. 20 (1996), pp. 1-14.
(Read this article)

 Unsettled states, disputed lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza. (Cornell University Press, 1993).
(Buy this book from the publisher)

• "To Build and to Be Built By: Israel and the Hidden Logic of the Iron Wall," Israel Studies, Vol. I, No. 1, 1996, pp. 196-223.
(Read this article available in 2 pdf files: Part 1; Part 2)

 For the Land and the Lord: Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel.New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1988.
(Electronic version)

 State-Building Failure in British Ireland and French Algeria, Berkeley Institute of International Studies, 1985.
(Read this article available in 5 pdf files: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5)

Courses Taught: 

Political Identities and Political Institutions
• Hegemonic Analysis (Graduate Seminar)
• Nationalism & Politics of Ethnicity
• Politics, Complexity, and Evolution
• Nations, States & Empires (Graduate Seminar)

Various courses and seminars on Middle East politics