Ron MockAssociate Professor of Politics and Peace Studies
Ron has been at George Fox since 1985. Before coming to Fox, he taught legal writing at the University of Detroit Law School and was the founding director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Southeastern Michigan.
Ron received his BA in History and Political Science/International Studies from George Fox University, an MPA from Drake University, and a JD from the University of Michigan. After three years, he left the practice of law to pursue two callings - teaching and promoting Christian peacemaking at all levels, from interpersonal conflict to international conflict.
Ron joined George Fox's Center for Peace Learning (now called the Center for Peace and Justice) as assistant director in 1985, becoming the director in 1990. Ron edited The Roleplay Book (2nd Ed, 1997) as part of his work training people to do mediation in church and community settings. Ron has led student study or service trips to Haiti, Guatemala, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia, France, and England; and has also visited Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Holland, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and South Korea in pursuit of his own research and scholarly interests.
In the 1990’s, his teaching responsibilities began to range widely, including undergraduate courses in political science, history, communications, business law, and a graduate course in business law and ethics. From 1991 to 1996 he directed the university’s honors program. In 2003, he left the Center for Peace Learning to lead the start-up of the university’s senior liberal arts capstone course. In addition to capstone courses, Ron’s current teaching load also includes Conflict Resolution, Community Mediation, State and Local Government, Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, and Business Law.
Ron’s most recent solo publication, Loving without Giving In: Christian Responses to Terrorism and Tyranny (Cascadia Press, 2004), analyzes Scripture as well as the best thinking of peace scholars to suggest ways for believers to respond to the challenges they face after 9-11. He also collaborated with others to co-author When The Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Israel and Palestine (AFSC, 2005), a study highlighting Quaker responses to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has completed writing Pacifist Under Pressure, a book explaining the moral dilemmas of pacifism, slated for publication in 2012.
Ron recently was featured on a podcast on the "Research On Religion" site where he talks about peacemaking and pacifism in relation to the Middle East and terrorism, among other topics. In addition, he wrote a piece on fantasy baseball recently for the Statesman Journal’s “My Passion” guest column.