Kenneth W. Stein


Department of History

Office: Bowden 121

Phone: (404) 727-2798



Kenneth W. Stein, Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, has taught at Emory University since 1977. Founding Director, Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (1998); Stein holds a joint appointment within the History and Political Science Departments, and was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University (Spring 2006). Primary responsibilities focus on undergraduate teaching. He eveloped International Studies at Emory in the late 1970s. Responsible for fund-raising and recruitment of 14 Visiting Israeli scholars who have taught at Emory over the last quarter century and for a robust student internship program. In 2008, he founded and remains president of the Center for Israel Education, focusing on Israel learning beyond the university.

Research and teaching interests focus on the Middle East in the 19th-21st centuries.  Publications include five books and numerous scholarly articles: The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1984, 1985, and 2003); Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience (Washington, DC: United States Institute for Peace, 1991); Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (New York: Routledge, 1999); Hebrew edition as Mediniut Amitza (2003); History Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, A Documentary Source Compilation e-book, (Center for Israel Education, 2017 - Third edition) and The June 1967 War: How it Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History (Center for Israel Education, 2017).

A select list of recent scholarly journal articles include “The US-Israel Relationship,” Cambridge History of Israel, 2018 (in press); “What If the Palestinian Arab Elite Had Chosen Compromise Instead of Boycott in Confronting Zionism?” What Ifs of Jewish History, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 215-237; “A Concise History of Israel,” with Cary Nelson and Rachel S. Harris, in Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (eds.) The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, Chicago: MLA Members for Scholars Rights, 2015, pp. 384-440; and “The Talks at Kilometer 101,” in Richard B. Parker, The October War: A Retrospective (University Press of Florida, 2001), pp. 361-373; and five chapters on the Arab-Israeli Peace Process in Middle East Contemporary Survey, Westview Press, 1996-2000.

Institute for the Study of Modern Israel,

Center for Israel Education,

My Curriculum Vitae


  • BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 1968.
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1969.
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1971.
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (doctoral research), 1971-1973.
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1976.


  • American Foreign Policy toward the Middle East
  • Modern Arab world
  • Modern Israel
  • Arab-Israeli Negotiations


  • Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1995)
  • Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalizing the Emory Curriculum (2001)
  • Ross Award for intellectual integrity - Israel on Campus Coalition and ADL (2007)
  • Cuttino Medal for Lifelong Mentorship to Emory Undergraduates (2009)
  • Etz Chaim Award for Service, Jewish National Fund (2012)