Michael Rubin is a resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research whose major research area is the Middle East, with a special focus on Iran, Syria, Arab Politics, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Turkey. He is also a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Civil-Military Relations and a senior editor of Middle East Quarterly. Between 2002 and 2004, Rubin worked as a staff adviser for Iran and Iraq at the Pentagon.
The author of Into the Shadows: Radical Vigilantes in Khatami's Iran, co-author of Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos and co-editor of Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats, Rubin was the primary drafter of the Bipartisan Policy Center's 2008 taskforce report Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy toward Iranian Nuclear Development. He is currently completing a history of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes.
Rubin regularly instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East on regional politics, and teaches Iranian history, culture, and politics onboard U.S. aircraft carriers. He has previously worked as a lecturer in history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, three universities in northern Iraq, and Yale University, where he earned his doctoral and master's degrees in history and a bachelor's degree in biology.