Dr. Kenneth W. Stein is the William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies at Emory University. In Spring 2006 he was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Among his publications are Hebrew and English editions of Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace; Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience, and The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939.
Stein's scholarly articles have focused on American foreign policy, European views of the Middle East, the origins of modern Israel, Palestinian social and political history, the Arab-Israeli negotiating process, Israel and the Arab world, and modern Arab politics. From 1996 through 1999, he wrote the chapter on the "Arab-Israeli Peace Process" in Middle East Contemporary Survey (Westview Press), and entries for Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia on the "PLO," "1948 Israeli Independence War," "June 1967 War," "1973 October War," "Hamas," and "Intifadah." His “His most recent article published in May 2011 was, “US-Israeli Relations 1947–2010: The View from Washington.” In Alfred Wittstock (Ed.): The World facing Israel – Israel facing the World: Images and Politics, Frank & Timme, Berlin, 2011, pp. 159-176.
At Emory, his awards include those for teaching excellence, life-long mentorship to students, and internationalizing the curriculum. He was the founder of Emory’s International Studies Center, the first director of the Carter Center (1983-1986), and he established both the Middle East Research Program (1992) and the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (1997).
Dr. Stein received his undergraduate B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College and two Masters and his doctoral degree from The University of Michigan. He studied for two years at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.). In 2007, he founded and remains president of an independent 501c3 entity, the Center for Israel Education. Its main objective is to increase an understanding of Israel to learners of all ages through curriculum writing, podcasts, teacher workshops, long distance learning, and use of an interactive and robust website. Over the last decade he has conducted more than two dozen teacher workshops reaching some 1,100 pre-collegiate teachers across North America.