Professor Rubinstein is an anthropologist with expertise in political and medical anthropology and in social science history and research methods. From July 1994-June 2005 he directed the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts at the Maxwell School.
Professor Rubinstein has conducted overseas research in urban and rural Egypt, where he lived from 1988-1992, and in Belize and Mexico. In the United States, he has conducted research in Atlanta, Chicago, and Syracuse.
In political anthropology, his work focuses on cross-cultural aspects of conflict and dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation and consensus building. He is a founder of the field of the anthropology of peacekeeping. As a medical anthropologist, Professor Rubinstein focuses on conflict and health, disparities in access to health care and the implications of those disparities for the health of populations, and on the integration of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
Professor Rubinstein’s work has been supported by grants from over twenty foundations and agencies. Rubinstein has published more than ninety articles in journals and books and is author or editor of nine books and research monographs. Rubinstein received the 2010 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association, and the Chancellor’s Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction from Syracuse University. Rubinstein is a member of the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund. He consults and lectures widely, both domestically and abroad.