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Jonathan Graubart

San Diego State University

Dr. Jonathan Graubart is a Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University (SDSU) and Director of the International Security and Conflict Resolution Program. According to his university biography, Dr. Graubart specializes in international relations, international law, Israel-Palestine, the UN, normative theory, and “resistance politics.”

In a July 2017 article, The College Fix reported that Dr. Graubart condemned Senator McCain as a “war criminal” and someone who “has championed horrifying actions” in a now-deleted Facebook post on his personal account. John McCain was a United States Senator from Arizona who served as a Navy pilot and was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. He died in August of 2018 after a battle with brain cancer.

In the now-deleted Facebook post, Dr. Graubart stated that he found himself “annoyed at the groundswell of good wishes for John McCain after his diagnosis of glioblastoma” (brain cancer)..” His comment was posted just after John McCain announced his cancer diagnosis.

ABC 10 News San Diego reported in July 2018 that an unnamed SDSU spokesman released a statement referring to Dr. Graubart’s post about McCain as “private speech” that cannot be regulated. The spokesman also states that it does not “endorse” his views, nor does it have a social media policy for faculty members.

“SDSU does not have a social media policy for faculty and staff. As a public institution, we do not and cannot regulate the private speech of students, faculty or staff. However, that should not imply the university’s endorsement of any particular viewpoint”

In a statement to Fox News later in 2017, Dr. Graubart stated that he posted the remarks on his private Facebook account, and therefore were written in an “off-the-cuff manner” and not with a “large public in mind.”

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Updated – June 2021

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