G. Michael Stathis, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Southern Utah University. Professor Stathis has taught Political Science since 1974 and has taught at SUU since 1991. He also served as Associate Instructor at the University of Utah, and Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University. Professor Stathis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Utah (1971) and his Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies (Persian) from the Middle East Center at the University of Utah (1976). Professor Stathis completed his Ph.D. in Political Science: International Relations (Law, Organization and Politics) at the University of Utah (1995). His dissertation was titled “Causes of the First Gulf War: Personal Perceptions of Secular-Based and Belief-Based Dimensions of Interest and Power.”
Dr. Stathis has published several scholarly papers and book chapters, as well as numerous newspaper articles. In 1995 he delivered and published the Distinguished Faculty Honors Lecture at Southern Utah University entitled “The Crusades: A Modern Perspective on the 900th Anniversary of the Event.” He also delivered and published the Distinguished Faculty Honors Lecture for 2016 entitled “The Dynamics of Power in the Persian Gulf 1971-2016: ISIS/DA’ISH and the Inevitability of a Fourth Gulf War.” Dr. Stathis also co-authored a paper entitled “Democracy and Islam: Promises and Perils for the Arab Spring Protests” published in The Journal of Global Responsibility which was recognized as Outstanding Paper Award Winner, Literati Network Award for Excellence (2013).
Professor Stathis is a regular radio guest on the British Forces Broadcasting System (SITREP) commenting on world affairs, presented a paper in Istanbul, Turkey, and lectured at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. At SUU he teaches a number of political science courses including Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to the Middle East, International Law and Organization, Theories of International Relations, International Conflict, the President, Congress, the Constitution and Foreign Policy, Politics and Film, and American Foreign Policy. He also serves as the director for the International Relations Certificate.
Dr. Stathis' VITA can be found here.