Jonathan Graubart

Jonathan Graubart

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Jonathan Graubart is a professor of political science at San Diego State and advisor for the International Security and Conflict Resolution Program. He specializes in the areas of international relations, international law, Israel-Palestine, the UN, normative theory, and resistance politics. 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 is the author of Legalizing Transnational Activism: The Struggle to Gain Social Change From NAFTA’s Citizen Petitions (Penn State University Press, 2008) and of multiple articles and book chapters. His recent publications include “David in Goliath’s Citadel: Mobilizing the Security Council’s Normative Power for Palestine” (European Journal of International Relations, co-authored with Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi), and “War is Not the Answer: R2P and Military Intervention,” (part of an edited volume by Cambridge University Press on Responsibility to Protect). Graubart’s latest research assesses the legacy and continuing relevance of the dissenting, binationalist Zionists from Israel’s pre-state era, including such seminal figures as Hannah Arendt and Judah Magnes. His article, “Reimagining Zionism and Coexistence after Oslo’s Death: Lessons from Hannah Arendt” is forthcoming in Arendt Studies Quarterly.

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.

Graubart has pursued a number of professional interests in his life. He was a fisherman, a factory worker, and a circus promoter (though he never succeeded at his attempts to develop a juggling act). He has vague memories of writing sermons for his birth father, an itinerant Baptist preacher (sometimes getting ideas from his adopted father, a rabbi).