Ian Lustick

Professor, Bess W. Heyman Chair
3440 Market St., Room 306
Office Hours: Mondays 2-3:30PM

Dr. Lustick is interested in 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, the Middle East Peace Foundation, 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 analysis of the fate of the “two state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, developing agent-based models for solving complex theoretical and forecasting problems, and understanding the dynamics and vulnerabilities of anti-authoritarian political cascades. 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.

Dr. Lustick's "Agent-Based Identity Repertoire Model" for ABIR-28: Executable file and documentation file are available for download. Featured in Terror Games By Jeffrey Rothfeder Popular Science, March 2004 Volume 264 #3.

PS-I toolkit, Beta. For program, documentation, and source code: http://ps-i.sourceforge.net/

The model can also be found on the PS-I Agent-Based Simulation Toolkit website (Software developed in collaboration with Dr. Vladimir Dergachev).

Agent-Based Modeling - Papers and Publications

Recent Public Appearances:

Interview: "Protests, Confusion For Executive Order On Refugees," Recording of NPR "On Point" interview with Tom Ashbrook, January 30, 2017.

Debate:  "Two States or One:  The Future of Israelis and Palestinians,"  Ian Lustick, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Ahmad Khalidi, Yousef Munayyer, October 9, 2013.

Lecture: "Israel Needs a New Map," Transcript from the Carnegie Endowmentment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. February 26, 2013.

Research Interests: 
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • Organization Theory
  • Middle Eastern Politics
Selected Publications: 

Selected Books

Selected Articles

Selected Chapters in Edited Volumes
  • "Thinking Counterfactually and with Discipline" in Interpretive Quantification, J. Samuel Barkin and Laura Sjoberg, ed. (Ann Arbor: University Michigan Press, 2017) pp. 145-173.
  • "Zionist Theories of Peace" in Israel and Its Palestinian Citizens, Nadim N. Rouhana, ed (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017) pp. 39-72.
  • "Deploying Constructivism for the Analysis of Rare Events:  How Possible is the Emergence of 'Punjabistan'?" in Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics, Kanchan Chandra, ed. (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2012) pp. 422-451.
  • "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. (Read this as a conference paper presented at the Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emergency Management Institute, June 4-7, 2007)
  • "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.)
Courses Taught: 
  • Political Identities and Political Institutions (Graduate Seminar)
  • Hegemonic Analysis (Graduate Seminar)
  • Politics, Complexity, and Evolution (Undergraduate-Graduate Seminar)
  • International Relations of the Middle East: The Arab-Israeli Conflict (undergraduate)
  • International Relations of the Middle East: The Dynamics of Great Power Intervention (undergraduate)
  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East: Israel and Iran (undergraduate) 
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (undergraduate)

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