Dr. James Stocker

Executive Director of the Trinity Global Leadership Initiative; Associate Professor of International Affairs

Phone: 202-884-9286
Office: Main 179


  • B.A., International Relations and Foreign Languages, Hendrix College
  • Diplome d'etudes approfundies, International Relations (History and Politics), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Ph.D., International Relations (History and Politics), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


  • History of US Foreign Relations
  • Modern Middle Eastern History
  • Diplomatic History
  • Disarmament
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Gender


  • Representative of the historical community on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee- Archivist of United States

Select Works Published

  • Trump and Historical Legacies of U.S. Middle East Policy
    Stocker, J., H-Diplo/International Security Studies Forum policy series, 2017
  • A Historical Inevitability?: Kissinger and US Contacts with the Palestinians (1973-76)
    Stocker, J., International History Review,
  • Spheres of Intervention: US Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon (1967-1976)
    Stocker, J., Cornell University Press, 2016
  • Fulbright's Middle East: A Senator's Influence on American Foreign Policy
    Stocker, J., Digest of Middle East Studies 24:1, 2015
  • Accepting Regional Zero: Nuclear Weapons Free Zones, US Non-Proliferation Policy and Global Security in the Cold War (1957-1968)
    Stocker, J., Journal of Cold War Studies 17:2, 2015
  • No EEZ Solution: The Politics of Oil and Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean
    Stocker, J., The Middle East Journal 66:4, 2012


I teach a variety of courses in contemporary history and international affairs, though my main areas of interest are the history of U.S. foreign relations and the contemporary Middle East. In all of my classes, I challenge students to think critically and systematically about the factors that create our contemporary world and to make connections between the past, the present, and many possible futures. To be successful in today’s world, students must understand the relationship between their own experiences and the world around them. To be global citizens, they need to empathize with the situations of those far beyond our country’s borders. To the extent that I am able to help them do this, I feel I have succeeded.