Dr. Kristine Ajrouch, is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University. She is also Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her research has focused, for over twenty years, on Arab Americans in the U.S. beginning with ethnic identity formation among adolescent children of immigrants followed by a focus on aging from the perspective of older adults in the metro-Detroit Arab-American and Muslim communities. A core area of study concerns links between social networks and health with focused attention to how stratification and immigration influence network form and function. She recently initiated a program of study concerning the topic of family ties, aging and health in Beirut, Lebanon following a Fulbright award in 2008. Professor Ajrouch also studies the topics of forgiveness and immigrant integration in comparative perspective. She currently serves as President of the Society for the Study of Human Development, and works on projects that enhance global awareness and promote cross-cultural understanding.
She earned her Master’s degree from University of Michigan, and her PhD, from Wayne State University.
Professor Ajrouch was born and raised in metro-Detroit, where she has lived for most of her life. She is married to Ibrahim Ajrouch, and mother of Ali & Rachelle.
Her Areas of Expertise include: Arab Americans, Muslims and Middle East, Aging and Health, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Relations.