Prof. Ken Stein, Emory University and Center for Israel Education

by Haya Luftig

Kenneth W. Stein, Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, has taught at Emory University since 1977.  He holds a joint appointment in the History and Political Science Departments. In Spring 2006, he was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Stein’s scholarship focuses on the origins of the modern Arab world, American foreign policy toward the Middle East, origins of modern Israel and Palestinian social history, evolution of the conflict and all aspects of the Arab-Israeli negotiating process. Stein primarily concentrates his work on undergraduate teaching and preparing students for graduate degrees and business opportunities elsewhere.  Beyond Emory, he is long-time activist in helping high school teachers, students, adults, clergy and the general public learn more about Israel and the Middle East and US interests in the region.

His scholarly publications include History Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, A Documentary Source Compilation e-book, 2013 (2015, second edition); Mediniut Amitza [Courageous Policy] (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publishing House, 2003); Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (New York: Routledge, 1999); Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience (Washington, DC: United States Institute for Peace, 1991); and The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1984, 1985, and 2003). From 1996 through 1999, he wrote the chapter on the “Arab-Israeli Peace Process” in the Middle East Contemporary Survey (Westview Press). For the 1999 and 2002 editions of the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, he wrote the entries for “PLO,” “1948 Israeli Independence War,” “June 1967 War,” “1973 October War,” “Hamas,” and “Intifadah.” 

Author, writer, teacher, and lecturer, he was at the center of developing sustained institutions at Emory. The International Study Center (1979) evolved into the present Emory Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA).  In the 1980s, his fundraising contributed in a small way to the evolution of Emory College’s area studies program through securing federal funds for partial salary payment for newly appointed faculty.  Under Stein’s initiative, the College established the Middle East Research Program-MERP (1992) and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel-ISMI (1998), both of which he remains the founding director. ISMI was the first such permanent Center or Institute for the Study of Modern Israel in the United States. Through his fundraising external to the university, Dr. Stein has brought 11 visiting Israeli scholars to the College who taught 20 courses in 8 disciplines and reached some 450 students, meeting a growing demand by Emory undergraduates for more quality courses on Israel. For interested undergraduates, ISMI hosts semester and summer internship programs where research skills are honed and intriguing projects studied.

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Haya Luftig