Ian Lustick

Professor Bess W. Heyman Chair


Dr. Lustick is interested comparative politics, international politics, Middle Eastern politics, and agent-based, computer assisted modeling for the social sciences. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, political identities and institutions, techniques of hegemonic analysis, the expansion and contraction of states, and on relationships among complexity, evolution, and politics. Dr. Lustick is a recipient of awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the United States Institute of Peace. Before coming to Penn, Professor Lustick taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and worked for one year in the Department of State. His present research focuses the politics of Jewish and non-Jewish migration into and out of Palestine/the Land of Israel, on prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, on applications of agent-based modeling in the social sciences, techniques of disciplined counterfactual analysis, and the problem of modeling political violence.  He is a past president of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association and of the Association for Israel Studies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Selected Publications

"The Balfour Declaration as a Radical and Accidentally Relevant Document," Middle East Policy, November 2017.

"Review Essay 'A Political Theory for the Jewish People'." Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, 2017

"An Agent-Based Model of Counterfactual Opportunities for Reducing Atrocities in Syria, 2011-2014, " with Miguel Garces and Thomas McCauley, Washington DC.: -Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2017.

"Four Constructions of the Holocaust in Israeli Political Culture." Contemporary Jewry (April 2017) Vol. 37: 125-170 Response from Jeffrey Kopstein/Response from Dan Michman et al/Response from Avinoam J. Patt/ respponse from Yael Zerubavel/Lustick response to comments

"Making Sense of the Nakba: Arit Shavit Baruch Marzel, and Zionist Claims to Territory, "Journal of Palestine Studies Vol. XLIV, No. 2, Winter 2015:7-27. 

Trapped in the War on Terror. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. (Buy this book from the publisher)

For the Land and the Lord: Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1988. (Buy this book from Amazon)