ISMI Staff

Michele Freesman - Academic Research Coordinator

Michele Freesman joined ISMI in June of 2019 as an Academic Research Coordinator.  In 2015 Michele graduated with honors from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania where she received a BA in Economics and International Studies with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict and Peace Studies. She completed her degree with an independent study project to understand the potential impact the sale of Israeli natural gas would have for Israel’s diplomatic and economic cooperation with its neighbors.  Michele started her career at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in December of 2014 in the middle of her fourth year of college.  While at AIPAC, she served as the Senior National Engagement Field Organizer engaging, teaching, and mobilizing hundreds of college students each year.


Dr. Kenneth W. Stein - Director

Kenneth W. Stein is Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1977. His extensive curriculum vitae and scholarly publications can be found here. At Emory University, his honors include the highest awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching (1995), recognition for internationalizing the curriculum (2001), and lifelong exceptional mentor to students (2009).The Anti-Defamation League and the Israel on Campus Coalition awarded him the Ross Award in 2007 for his intellectual integrity in speaking out against the falsehoods in former President Jimmy Carter's 2006 book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. In 1998, he established the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel.


Heather Waters - Sr. Program Coordinator

Heather Waters has been with ISMI since its inception in 1998. Her organizational and managerial abilities have been the bedrock of ISMI's progress and successes over the last 21 years.