Rubin was the director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) and a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He was also editor of the journal 'Turkish Studies'. His last book, Israel: An Introduction, was published by Yale University Press in 2012. Rubin's later books include The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley) and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). He was the editor of the GLORIA center website and of his blog, Rubin Reports. He was also the Middle East editor and a columnist at PJMedia.
Rubin was a guest on This Week with David Brinkley, Nightline, Face the Nation, The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, The Larry King Show, and others on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Among the newspapers around the world for which he has written are La Vanguardia in Spain, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Germany; The National Post and The Globe and Mail in Canada; La Opinión, Liberal Forum, and Limes in Italy; The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian Financial Review in Australia; Zaman, Referans, and Radikal in Turkey; and The Pioneer in India. Rubin was a frequent contributor to the Middle East column in The Jerusalem Post.
Rubin was born in Washington DC, United States, and was married to Judith Colp Rubin. Rubin died on February 3, 2014 after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 64.
- International news and the American media. Sage Publications. 1977. ISBN 978-0-8039-0976-2.
- The great powers in the Middle East, 1941-1947: the road to the Cold War. Cass. 1980. ISBN 978-0-7146-3141-7.
- Paved with good intentions: the American experience and Iran. Oxford University Press. 1980. ISBN 978-0-19-502805-8.
- The Arab states and the Palestine conflict. Syracuse University Press. 1981. ISBN 978-0-8156-2253-6.
- Secrets of state: the State Department and the struggle over U.S. foreign policy. Oxford University Press. 1985. ISBN 978-0-19-503397-7.
- Modern dictators: Third World coup makers, strongmen, and populist tyrants. McGraw-Hill. March 1987. ISBN 978-0-07-054161-0.
- Cauldron of turmoil: America in the Middle East. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1992. ISBN 978-0-15-116128-7.
- Revolution until victory?: the politics and history of the PLO. Harvard University Press. 1994. ISBN 978-0-674-76803-1.
- Assimilation and its discontents. Times Books, Random House. 1995. ISBN 978-0-8129-2293-6.
- The Transformation of Palestinian Politics: From Revolution to State-Building. Harvard University Press. 30 November 2001. ISBN 978-0-674-00717-8.
- İstanbul intrigues. Boǧaziçi University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-975-518-158-5.
- The tragedy of the Middle East. Cambridge University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-521-80623-7.
- Islamic fundamentalism in Egyptian politics. Palgrave Macmillan. 2002. ISBN 978-1-4039-6074-0.
- Hating America: a history. Oxford University Press. 10 August 2004. ISBN 978-0-19-516773-3. (Co-written with Judith Colp Rubin)
- Loathing America. (Herzliya, Israel: The Global Research in International Affairs [GLORIA] Center, 2004). Co-edited with Judith Colp Rubin.
- The long war for freedom: the Arab struggle for democracy in the Middle East. John Wiley & Sons. 2006. ISBN 978-0-471-73901-2.
- The Truth about Syria. Macmillan. 27 May 2008. ISBN 978-0-230-60407-0.
- "Barry Rubin, Israeli columnist and professor, dies aged 64". haaretz.com. February 3, 2014.
- Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), ed. Barry Rubin (journal published by Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center of the IDC, Herzliya, Israel, Director, Barry Rubin, Deputy Director, Cameron Brown.
- My Adventures as an Alleged Terrorist- Barry Rubin