Department of Political Science


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Mail Code: 4427
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA, 92182-4427
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Jonathan Graubart

Jonathan Graubart is Director of the International Security and Conflict Resolution Program, Chair of the Fred J. Hansen Institute for Peace Studies, and an associate professor of political science at San Diego State. He specializes in the areas of international relations, international law, and human rights. Graubart received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 and his JD from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall in 1989.

Graubart’s publications include “Taking Milosevic Seriously: Imperialism, Law and the Politics of Global Justice” (forthcoming in International Relations, co-authored with Latha Varadarajan), “R2P and Pragmatic Liberal Interventionism: Values in the Service of Interests” (Human Rights Quarterly), "Rendering Global Criminal Law an Instrument of Power: Pragmatic Legalism and Global Tribunals" (Journal of Human Rights), and Legalizing Transnational Activism: The Struggle to Gain Social Change From NAFTA’s Citizen Petitions (Penn State University Press, 2008). His current projects include a study of global anti-imperialist citizens’ tribunals and of post-1967 political struggles at the UN Security Council concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prior to academia, Graubart experienced a varied professional career, which includes working for President Ronald Reagan (as an attorney at the US Treasury Department) and for Michael Lerner (as an editorial staff member at Tikkun Magazine). As a San Francisco attorney, Graubart engaged in plaintiff's-side civil litigation against perpetrators of securities fraud (his first case being against Walt Disney) and worked pro bono in the areas of poverty law and asylum law for political refugees from Central America.

Prior to enrolling in college, Graubart was employed as a fisherman, a factory worker, and a promoter for a traveling circus (though he never succeeded at his attempts to develop a juggling act).

Graubart has four children, Emma, Bakunin, Rosa, and Goliath. Goliath is preparing for an upcoming Bar Mitzvah at a traditional synagogue. Bakunin and Emma are refusing to attend while Rosa is trying to persuade Goliath to have an alternative ceremony modeled on the one Arlo Guthrie had many years ago. The parents are wondering, Can’t we all get along?

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