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Charles T. Rubin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Political Science

College Hall 520
Phone: 412.396.1438


Ph.D., Political Science, Boston College, 1983
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Case-Western Reserve University, 1975

Rubin's The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism (1994), is a critical look at key figures of the environmental movement like Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner and Paul Ehrlich. In 2000 he published an edited collection of essays titled Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue and American Liberal Democracy, containing fresh looks at key figures in the conservation movement and those who influenced them.  Since then he has published on a variety of topics at the intersection of science, public policy and political philosophy, e.g., the problem of global climate change, the difficulty of applying the precautionary principle to measures dealing with Earth/asteroid collisions, conceptual flaws in the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More recently, he has published studies of literary figures ranging from Henry Adams and Flannery O-Connor to Neal Stephenson and Karl Cepak. His forthcoming book, The Progress of Inhumanity, is a critical look at advocates of redesigning human beings, a topic he also blogs about at Futurisms (http://futurisms.thenewatlantis.com/).