Ian Lustick

Professor, Bess W. Heyman Chair
3440 Market St., Room 306
Office Hours: Mondays 2-3:30PM
215-898-5719

Dr. Lustick teaches courses at the University of Pennsylvania on Middle Eastern politics, comparative politics, political identities and institutions, techniques of hegemonic analysis, the expansion and contraction of states, and on relationships among complexity, evolution, and politics. He 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 holds the Bess W. Heyman Chair.  Before coming to Penn he taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and worked for one year in the Department of State. His present research focuses on the demise of states and the implications of the disappearance of the option of a negotiated “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 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 platform 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 (1998-2004); Papers and Publications (2010-2017)

“Opinion Articles and Public Appearances” 

Article: "Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action," The Nation, May 18, 2018. 

Interview: “After the U.S. Strikes Syria, What Next?” Recording of NPR "On Point" interview with Melissa Block, April 16, 2018. 

Interview: “Eyes on Syria,” Recording of NPR "On Point" interview with Emily Blunt, April 13, 2018. January 30, 2017. 

Lecture: “The Peace Process Carousel:  From Peacemaking to Pathology”, May 30, 2017.

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

Lecture:  “The Two-State Solution as a Degenerative Research Program,” Lecture, Brown University, October 30, 2014. 

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 Endowment 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)

University of Pennsylvania
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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair