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Richard Rubenstein

University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs

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  • 703-993-1307 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5090
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Richard E. Rubenstein is University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs at George Mason University, holding degrees from Harvard College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), Harvard Law School, and the University of Malta. A former lawyer, political scientist, and director of S-CAR, he is the author of nine books about various types of violent social conflict and the possibilities of resolving them nonviolently. His most recent book is Resolving Structural Conflicts: Violent Systems and How They Can Be Transformed (Routledge, 2017). Rubenstein teaches grad and undergrad courses on conflict theory and speaks publicly on issues of peace and social justice.


JD, , Harvard Law School (1963)

MA, , Oxford University (1961)

BA, History and Literature, Harvard College (1959)

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Faculty Rank: University Professor

Honors & Awards

Faculty Member of the Year for 2017, George Mason University Alumni Association

December 12, 2016

Honorary Degree- Doctor of Literature, University of Malta

December 2, 2016

In the News

Through the Looking Glass: Donald Trump, Julian Assange, and the Tweedle Dum Liberals

Published on January 6, 2017

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THE RUSSIAN PLOT, Or, How to Avoid Taking Responsibility for Losing a Presidential Election

Published on December 17, 2016

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Academics & Activists Discuss Poverty, Inequality, Conflict

Published on January 15, 2016

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Mason professors offer insights in aftermath of Paris tragedy

Published on November 16, 2015

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Europe’s Migration Crisis: Causes and Cures

Published on November 13, 2015

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Presentations & Performances

Poverty and Inequality in Virginia: Causes and Cures

Mar 22 2014 | Vienna, Virginia

Brown Bag Series - Systems That Generate Violence, and What It Will Take To Fix Them

Apr 09 2013 | George Mason University Fairfax Campus

The Ethics of Development: Equity, Equality, and Human Needs

Aug 17 2011 - Aug 18 2011 | Mexico City