Richard J. Stoll, Ph.D., is the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice University. He is also a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute. He is currently director of undergraduate studies in the Political Science Department and the director of the Managerial Studies program. In addition, he is a senior fellow and a member of the advisory council of the Institute for Sustainable Peace in Houston, Texas. He previously served as associate dean of social sciences at Rice and as associate director for academic programs at the Baker Institute.
Stoll’s current research includes forecasting terrorism, accounting for Chinese international economic activity and predicting support for NATO’s mission in Afghanistan among European countries. The bulk of his previous research has focused on the quantitative study of international conflict, using both statistical analysis and computer simulation. Stoll has been co-principal investigator on several large National Science Foundation-funded projects. He has published six books and a number of articles and book chapters. During his time at Rice, he has won ten teaching awards, and after winning the Jones College Associate of the Year Award on multiple occasions, in 2007 the award was named after him. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Association of Rice Alumni’s Meritorious Service Award. He has been interviewed numerous times by the media on issues involving national security and international conflict.
Stoll received his B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.