Richard Rubenstein

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Titles and Organizations

University Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs, Carter School

Contact Information

Campus: Arlington
Building: Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall
Room 5090
Mail Stop: 4D3


Richard Rubenstein was educated at Harvard College, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) and Harvard Law School.  Before coming to teach at George Mason University in 1987, he was a practicing lawyer in Washington DC, a political science professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a law professor at Antioch School of Law in Washington DC.  At George Mason he joined the faculty of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and served as its director from 1988-1991. He is University Professor at the Institute's successor, the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. 

Prof. Rubenstein is the author of ten books on political violence and conflict resolution, including When Jesus Became God (1999), Aristotle's Children (2003), and Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War (2012).  His latest works are Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can be Transformed (2017) and Conflict Resolution After the Pandemic (2021, with Solon Simmons).   

He has written many scholarly articles and is a frequent contributor to journals like Transcend Media Service and CounterPunch.  He organizes conferences and dialogues on key issues involving contemporary social conflicts.

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Member of the Year for 2017, George Mason University Alumni Association
  • Honorary Degree- Doctor of Literature, University of Malta

In the News

  • Through the Looking Glass: Donald Trump, Julian Assange, and the Tweedle Dum Liberals
    Published on January 5, 2017
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  • THE RUSSIAN PLOT, Or, How to Avoid Taking Responsibility for Losing a Presidential Election
    Published on December 16, 2016
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  • Academics & Activists Discuss Poverty, Inequality, Conflict
    Published on January 14, 2016
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  • Mason professors offer insights in aftermath of Paris tragedy
    Published on November 15, 2015
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  • Europe’s Migration Crisis: Causes and Cures
    Published on November 12, 2015
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Presentations and 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 | Mexico City
  • The Ethics of Development: Equity, Equality, and Human Needs
    Aug 18 2011 | Mexico City



  • B.A. magna cum laude, 1959, Harvard College
  • M.A. 1961, Oxford University
  • J.D. 1963, Harvard Law School
  • LL.D. honoris causa, 2016, University of Malta