Ronald Stockton, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science (retired December 2020)
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Teaching Areas:

Arab American Studies, Middle East Studies, Political Science

Research Areas:

Arab American Studies, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Presbyterian Politics, September 11

Biography and Education

Ron Stockton is a Professor of Political Science and a Research Associate at the University of Michigan Center for Middle East and North African Studies. He is the author or co-author of  five books. He was one of two Principal Investigators on the Detroit Arab American Study, a landmark  public opinion study of a representative sample of 1,016 Arab Americans and Chaldeans in southeast Michigan. He has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, Journal of Palestine Studies,  Armenian Review,  Michigan Academician, PS: Teaching and Political Science, Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, and  Michigan Historical Review. In addition to local media outlets, he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS,  Al Jazeera and BBC’s Four More channel. He was in the feature-length documentary film on Fordson High School, Faith, Fasting, and Football. The university has awarded him its Distinguished Service Award, its Distinguished Teaching Award, and its Distinguished Research Award.


Ph.D., Political Science, Michigan State University, 1973

Teaching and Research

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

A Time of Turmoil, co-author with Frank Wayman;  Decent and In Order (a book on church conflict with an emphasis on the role of women; Citizenship and Crisis, Arab Detroit After 9/11 (a team project);  Colleagues in Conversation, A Joint Memoir (with Sidney Bolkosky). He has written curriculum units on Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and on Using Graveyards in the Classroom. He produced a photographic exhibit on Muslim Gravestones in Southeast Michigan.