Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera
Michael Stohl joined the Department of Communication in January 2002. Formerly he was Dean of International Programs (from 1992) and Professor of Political Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he had taught since 1972. Dr. Stohl's research focuses on organizational and political communication with special reference to terrorism, human rights and global relations. Dr. Stohl has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship for International Education Administrators in Japan and Korea in 1989, a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to lecture at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1983 and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Year Fellowship in 1971-72. He was awarded Visiting Research Grants for collaborative research on terrorism at the State University of Leiden, The Netherlands, by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappeliijk Onderzoek, in May 1989 and May 1985. He has presented numerous invited lectures at universities and research institutes in Europe, Australia and New Zealand as well as the United States, including those at the Danish Commission on Security and Disarmament Affairs, Uppsala University, Sweden; State University of Leiden, The Netherlands; The Australian National University; the U.S. Defense Intelligence College; and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio, NBC, and CBS and has been interviewed for stories on terrorism and human rights by numerous American, European and Australian newspapers and magazines. . He was a member of the Search for Common Ground sponsored United States-Soviet Union Task Force on International Terrorism which met in Moscow and Santa Monica in January and September 1989.
Currently he is working on two projects related to terrorism, a study of networks of terrorism and a project on the interaction between the media and terrorism.