Profile: Rebecca Lubot

Part-time Lecturer

Faculty
Department of History

Rebecca Lubot earned her doctorate in U.S. history from Rutgers University, a master’s of science in the theory and history of international relations from The London School of Economics, and graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor of arts in political science. She began her career as a White House intern in the Domestic Policy Office of Vice President Al Gore, ran part of a U.S. Congressman’s campaign, served as a legislative aide to a state senator and a policy advisor to a U.S. Senator, and oversaw lobbyists at the state level throughout the U.S. for a national nongovernmental organization. Dr. Lubot recently taught a social science course, American government, as part of a philanthropic venture for the Modern States Education Alliance overseen by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently teaches 180 undergraduates in the Federated Department of History at Rutgers University.

Her doctoral dissertation, The Passage of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Nuclear Anxiety and Presidential Continuity, is the first revisionist history of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which established procedures for remedying a vice presidential vacancy and for addressing presidential inability. Oral interviews of the amendment’s architect, Senator Birch Bayh, and other key actors – as well as close scrutiny of previously unexamined archives – offer new insight that nuclear anxiety influenced every stage of the legislative process. With a goal of expanding the field of legal history by examining cultural and political factors, her dissertation argues that nuclear anxiety provides another important explanation for the incorporation of the amendment in the Constitution and identifies historical patterns useful to further reform the presidential succession system.

The Fordham Law Review Journal will be publishing an article in its December 2017 issue based on a part of her dissertation.

  • Courses Taught

    US History I and II

    American Foreign Affairs