Kristine Ajrouch

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Kristine Ajrouch

Expert

Areas of Expertise: Arab Americans, Muslims and Middle East, Aging and Health, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Relations

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Kristine J. Ajrouch, PhD 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.

Education

M.A. University of Michigan Ph. D. Wayne State University

Areas of Expertise

  1. Arab Americans
  2. Muslims and Middle East
  3. Aging and Health
  4. Race
  5. Ethnicity and Immigration
  6. Social Relations

Publications

Download the Brief (PDF) - Demographic shifts in the U.S. as well as globally have made aging an issue of high interest, yet little is known about the realities of Muslim experiences. This brief summarizes the work of ISPU Scholar Kristine Ajrouch. It offers key observations and a summary of findings to this pressing topic. About the full…
Download the Full Report (PDF) - Demographic shifts in the U.S. as well as globally have made aging an issue of high interest, yet little is known about the realities of Muslim experiences. To this end, ISPU Scholar Kristine Ajrouch, using a multi-method approach, including focus group discussions with older adults (60+), one-on-one interviews with…

Other Works

Ajrouch, K. J. & Fakhoury, N. (2013). Assessing needs of aging Muslims: A focus on metro-Detroit faith communities.

Contemporary Islam, 7(3): 353-372