Michael Rubin

Director, HuRRD

Assistant Research Professor, Human Rights, Engineering & Business


Michael Rubin is an assistant research professor at UConn, holding a joint position between the Human Rights Institute and the Schools of Engineering and Business, with substantive support from the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Michael’s research investigates armed conflict processes and political violence, informing practical solutions to reduce the suffering they generate. His work draws upon methods for quantitative data analysis and fieldwork in conflict-affected regions, most recently in the Philippines. Michael’s research has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Studies Quarterly and has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Earth Institute, and Center for Israel Education.

Michael earned a Ph.D. (2018) in political science at Columbia University, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Prior to coming to UConn, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), University of California San Diego.