Kristine J. Ajrouch

  Ph.D., Wayne State University

Dr. Ajrouch is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Life Course Development Program. Her research interests include cultural aspects of social relations and health over the life course. Her research has focused, for over 15 years, on Arab Americans in the U.S. beginning with ethnic identity formation among adolescent children of immigrants and more recently focusing on the experience of aging from the perspective of older adults in the metro-Detroit Arab American community.  She recently initiated a program of study concerning the topic of family ties and aging in Beirut, Lebanon following a Fulbright award in 2008. Professor Ajrouch also studies the topics of forgiveness and immigrant integration in comparative perspective. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) where she is concluding a comparative study on aging Muslim families in the United States.