Joe Bock (academic)

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Joe Bock
Member of the
Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Joseph G. Bock

(1957-10-18) October 18, 1957 (age 64)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Susan Lyke
Residence(s)Acworth, Georgia
Alma materUniversity of Missouri (BSW, MSW)
American University (PhD)

Joseph G. Bock is an American academic and politician, who is currently a professor with Kennesaw State University's Department of Political Science and International Affairs. A member of the Democratic Party, Bock served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1986 to 1992 and was his party's nominee against Jackie Walorski in 2014.[1]

Bock then directed Catholic Relief Services programs in Haiti, Bosnia, Thailand, and other countries and served as Vice President of the American Refugee Committee.

After challenging Congresswoman Jackie Walorski in the 2014 elections, Bock left his position as director of global health training for Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health [2] to accept a position as the director of the International Conflict Management program at Kennesaw State University, where he has been since August 2015.[3]

Academic career

Dr. Bock holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a PhD from the School of International Service of American University.[3][4]

Bock researches in the area of violence prevention, and has published three books.[5]

His humanitarian work has included directing Catholic Relief Services’ programs in Pakistan and Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza Strip, and overseeing programs in Bosnia, Croatia, Guinea, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Thailand, and Uganda while serving as vice president at American Refugee Committee.[3][4] In 2010, he took a two-month leave from Notre Dame to serve as American Refugee Committee's country director in Haiti following its devastating earthquake.[3][4]

Dr. Bock served as a panelist for InterAction in Washington, DC about international issues facing Internally Displaced Persons.[3][4] He served as a consultant with The Asia Foundation on conflict management and democratic governance, providing support in Thailand, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, where he worked on a conflict early warning and early response program of the Foundation for Co-Existence (Colombo, Sri Lanka), which formed the basis of his book The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention, which was published by MIT Press in 2012.[6][3][4] He is the author of two other books.

In December 2015, Dr. Bock was provided a 42-day Fulbright Specialist award to work with the Municipality of Athens, Greece on the migrant crisis. He has been a Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a Fulbright Specialist at University of Malta, and a visiting fellow at Gonzaga University, as well as a member of the Working Group on Reconciliation of Caritas Internationalis, based in Vatican City.[3][4]

Dr. Bock is on the Advisory Council of the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center of Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.[3][4] Dr. Bock is an editorial adviser to Development in Practice, a peer-reviewed journal founded by Oxfam Great Britain.[3][4] He has authored or co-authored articles in various peer-reviewed journals including, among others, Political Geography, Information Technology for Development, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and Journal of Refugee Studies.[3][4]

According to Union Institute and University and Kennesaw State University, Bock also served as director of External Relations at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, taught at University of Notre Dame, Monterey Institute for International Studies, Hebrew University, Eastern Mennonite University, and William Jewell College.[3][4] Other positions he has held include executive director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College and executive director of the Secure World Foundation.[3][4]

After a brief stint at Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health, he is currently the director of the International Conflict Management program at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.[3]

Political career

Bock served six years in the Missouri House of Representatives, with leadership positions as Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee and vice-chair of the Commerce Committee.[3][4]

In 2014, Bock ran for Congress in Indiana's 2nd congressional district against the incumbent, Republican Jackie Walorski.[7] Bock won the Democratic nomination, but was defeated by Walorski in the general election.[8]


  1. ^ Missouri History-Missouri State Legislators
  2. ^ "Notre Dame official weighs 2nd District run". Lexington Herald-leader. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Management, Ph.D. in International Conflict. "People » Ph.D. in International Conflict Management » Kennesaw State University". Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Joseph G. Bock Archives - Community | Union Institute & University". Community | Union Institute & University. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  5. ^ "Joseph Bock". University of Notre Dame. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ Joseph G. Bock; Foreword by John Paul Lederach (July 2012). The Technology of Nonviolence. The MIT Press. p. 312. ISBN 978-0262017626.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Colwell, Jack (20 October 2013). "COLWELL: New challengers for Walorski". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Walorski Beats Bock in Indiana's 2nd District". 4 November 2014.

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