Rubenstein, Richard E. 1938-

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Rubenstein, Richard E. 1938-

(Richard Edward Rubenstein)


Born February 24, 1938, in New York, NY; son of Harold S. (in textiles) and Jo Rubenstein; married Elizabeth Marsh, August 26, 1962 (divorced); married Brenda Libman, September 21, 1975; children: Alec Louis, Matthew Robert, Hannah, Shana. Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1959, J.D., 1963; Oxford University, M.A.Juris., 1961. Politics: "Leftist." Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Playing jazz piano, cooking.


Home—Washington, DC. Office—Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 3300 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22201. E-mail—[email protected]; [email protected].


Steptoe & Johnson (law firm), Washington, DC, attorney, 1963-67; Adlai Stevenson Institute, Chicago, IL, assistant director, 1967-70; Roosevelt University, Chicago, associate professor of political science, 1970-79; Antioch University, Washington, member of law faculty, also professor of conflict resolution, professor of law, 1979-87; George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs, 1987—; George Mason University, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, director, 1988-1991. Malcolm X Community College, Chicago, professorial lecturer, 1969-70; University of Provence, Fulbright visiting professor, 1976-77. Consultant to National Advisory Commission on Causes and Prevention of Violence, 1968-69.


Phi Beta Kappa.


Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, 1959-61. Appointed University Professor, George Mason University, 2007.


(Editor, with Robert M. Fogelson) Mass Violence in America, Arno, 1969.

Rebels in Eden: Mass Political Violence in the United States, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1970.

Left Turn: Origins of the Next American Revolution, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1973.

(Editor) Great Courtroom Battles, Playboy Press (New York, NY), 1973.

Alchemists of Revolution: Terrorism in the Modern World, Basic Books (New York, NY), 1987.

Group Violence in America, Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), 1993.

Frameworks for Interpreting Conflict: A Handbook for Journalists, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), 1994.

Comrade Valentine, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 1994.

When Jesus became God: The Epic Fight over Christ's Divinity in the Last Days of Rome, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 1999.

Aristotle's Children: How Muslims, Christians, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Dark Ages, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2003.

Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2006.

Contributor to books, including The Politics of Protest, edited by Jerome H. Skolnick, Ballantine (New York, NY), 1969; The Conscience of the City, edited by Martin Meyerson, George Braziller (New York, NY), 1970; The New American Revolution, edited by R. Aya and N. Miller, Free Press (New York, NY), 1971; Human Rights and Our Responsibility to Future Generations, edited by Emmanuel Agius, University of Malta, 2002; and The New Global Terrorism, edited by Charles Kegley, Prentice-Hall, 2003. Series editor, with Dan C. McCurry, "American Farmers and the Rise of Agribusiness," Ayer (Salem, NY), 1975; and Conflict: From Analysis to Intervention, 2nd edition, edited by Sandra Cheldelin et al., Millenium Books (New York, NY), 2007.

Also contributor to periodicals and scholarly journals, including Negotiation Journal, Foreign Policy, and Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.


Richard E. Rubenstein, having graduated from Oxford University and Harvard law school, has been a longtime professor in the field of political science and law. He has worked at several educational institutions throughout his career, including George Mason University. Rubenstein is also the author of several books on violence in politics and, more recently, of books concerning the history of Judaic and Christian theology and religion. In Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Rubenstein examines the biblical prophets, focusing especially on Jeremiah and Isaiah, their role in the history of Judaism, and how they changed the Jewish perception of God from a local to a universal entity. While a Kirkus Reviews contributor felt that the book did not meet its goal of creating "fresh insights into the world's present conflicts," other reviewers bestowed unreserved praise. Extolling Rubenstein's research and writing, Booklist critic George Cohen called Thus Saith the Lord "a lucid and meticulously argued book."



Booklist, October 1, 2006, George Cohen, review of Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah, p. 30.

Kirkus Reviews, September 11, 2006, review of Thus Saith the Lord, p. 50.

Publishers Weekly, August 1, 2006, review of Thus Saith the Lord, p. 772.


Richard E. Rubenstein Home Page (January 30, 2006).

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