Michael Stohl was appointed as Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies in July 2014. He is Professor of Communication and an affiliate faculty member of the Departments of Political Science and Global and International Studies at UCSB. He served as Department Chair of the Department of Communication from 2004-2010. Prior to his appointment in January 2002 at UCSB, Professor Stohl was Dean of International Programs and Professor of Political Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he had taught since 1972. Dr. Stohl received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1969) and his M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) degrees in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the International Communication Association Applied/Public Policy Research Award for career work on State Terrorism and Human Rights in 2011; three Fulbright Fellowships, to teach at the Danish School of Journalism and Media in Fall 2013, to attend the International Education Administrators Program in Japan and Korea in 1989 and to lecture at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1983; and collaborative international research grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Foundation in 2009, the Australian Research Council in 2008 and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in 1985 and 1989.
He is past Coordinator of the Human Rights and Development Study Group of the International Peace Research Association and was a member of the United States-Soviet Union Task Force on International Terrorism sponsored by Search for Common Ground which met in Moscow and Santa Monica in January and September 1989. Dr. Stohl served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on International Educational Exchange from 1995-2000 and 2001-2010 and was chair of the board from 2004-2010. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), as a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum for Education Abroad, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) as chair of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) and as a member of the National Association of State University and Land Grand College (NASULGC) International Commission Academic and Exchange Committee.
B.A. in Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1969
M.A. in Political Science, Northwestern University, 1970
Ph.D. in Political Science, Northwestern University, 1974
Professor Stohl's research focuses on political communication and international relations with special reference to political violence, terrorism, and human rights. He is the author, editor or co-editor of fifteen books and the author or co-author of more than one hundred scholarly journal articles and book chapters. His most recent publications include the co-authored books Fragile States: Violence and the Failure of Intervention (2012) and Crime and Terrorism (2010). His 2007 article with Cynthia Stohl, “Networks of Terror: Theoretical Assumptions and Pragmatic Consequences” Communication Theory 47,2:93-124 was awarded both the International Communication Association best published article of the year award and the National Communication Association best published article in Organizational Communication award.