Announcements Archive

Nandini Deo

Dr. Deo participated in another discussion on July 24th that Lehigh University co-hosted with IIT Delhi and Wageningen. There were participants from a number of  universityies and civic organizations. They talked about the ways in which collaboration among civic actors, the state, and forgeign donors can shape inclusive and sustainable development.

Nandini Deo, Associate Professor

Associate Professor Deo, co-hosted a workshop July 19th and 20th at Hotel Radisson Blu, Kochi, India. The workshop was co-sponsored by Lehigh University.

Al Wurth

Letters to the Editor -- Express Times

This Sunday, Bethlehem residents will have a surprise on their way to church. The spectacle is the “implosion” of the iconic Martin Tower, the headquarters of the world-famous steel company named for the town of its birth — Bethlehem. It won’t be terrorists who organized the assault, but rather our local officials and self-styled “developers” who have led us to do it to ourselves.

The blast will create a cloud of pollution over the city blowing southeast, toward the densely populated areas – the west side, downtown, historic districts and South Side, and then South Mountain, which will likely keep much of it in town.

The people did not vote to destroy Martin Tower. It would never have been approved by a referendum. Its demise was enabled, ambiguously, by a 2015 rezoning vote (supported by the mayor and six city council members), removing historic protections. Only three council members who approved the rezoning remain on council, Bryan Callahan, J. William Reynolds and Adam Waldron.

Our leaders’ indifference to the unique history of the structure should not be surprising, in “historic” Bethlehem. Absentee owners call the shots here. The taxpayers paid the bills for the destruction with tax breaks for the wreckers. The Valley’s tallest building, on the National Register of Historic Places, will crumble, while other cities are building high-rises, creating places “with a view.”

The asbestos has been removed, so why destroy it? It remains the “skyscraper company’s skyscraper” that could still anchor a unique redevelopment, different from the highway-exit “generica” plan announced for the site.

Why are we allowing our city’s history to be turned into a cloud of dust?
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Sara Boyd

Sara Boyd of Chattanooga, TN was named a 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellow for her work on voter mobilization, gun reform, and civic engagement. Her nomination to the fellowship came from Lehigh University's President's Office and Center for Community Engagement. Boyd will join a class of 250+ fellows from the US and abroad, taking part in a one-year experience that will further her leadership in solving public problems.

Nandini Deo, Associate Professor

Students went to the Pearl S Buck House to learn about her missionary childhood and lifetime of political activism.

Associate Professor Holona L. Ochs

Dr. Ochs published some experimental evidence that shows women lead just like men.


Here are some highlights in brief:
  • Women continue to face glass ceilings, glass walls, and cliffs, which some have attributed to differences in negotiation strategies, confidence, and trust behavior. However, experimental evidence from principal-agent (hierarchical) games indicates men and women negotiate with similar strategies and skill and are often perceived as more trustworthy. Women achieve bargaining outcomes that are not significantly different from men in both principal and agent roles stripped of institutional constraints. Consequently, focusing on context is more likely to be effective at addressing gender pay gaps.   
  • Persistent wage differences between women and men are not likely due to differences in negotiated outcomes in hierarchical settings, Men and women do not reach significantly different negotiated outcomes.
  • Women are not naively trusting or generous (as some stereotypes suggest), and they pursue individual economic self-interest in the same measure as men. However, they are often extended more trust.
  • Books like "Lean In" ignore the institutional constraints that impact women, particularly women of color. Consequently, notions like lean in imply that women don't have the will or skill to lead like men and essentially blame women for the conditions of oppression. Our research demonstrates that focusing on skill or suggesting that women are fundamentally different from men represents a missed opportunity to address gender pay gaps. We found that there are not significant differences between men and women in terms of the negotiation strategies or the bargaining outcomes in the role of boss and employee. However, women may be perceived as more trustworthy. All this suggests that focusing on the context is a more effective way to achieve gender equity.   



Associate Professor Nandini Deo

Dr. Deo presented and participated in a workshop at a Dutch Foreign Aide Policy workshop, INCLUDE: Knowlege Platform on Inclusive Development Policies.


Photo of principal investigators from left to right: Sarbeswar Sahoo of IIT Delhi, Nandini Deo of Lehigh University, Margit van Wessel of Wageningen University, and post-doc Farhat Naz of Wageningen University.


Dr. Karen Beck Pooley

Bethlehem Area School District board director is the subject of this week's Q&A.


Rick Matthews has just published the 5th, update edition, of his co-authored text THE PHILOSOPHIC ROOTS OF MODERN IDEOLOGY: LIBERALISM, CONSERVATISM, MARXISM, FASCISM, NAZISM, ISLAMISM, AND FEMINISM (Sloan Publishing, 2018.) Those of you who have taken POLS 100 will notice the new chapter on Feminism and a new section on Donald Trump. To read a portion of the section on President Trump click here.

is an edited collection on Religion, Gender, and Politics. It explores the contested relationship
between feminism and secularism through a series of case studies, featuring perspectives from
the global North and South. It offers insights beyond those of the Abrahamic traditions, and
includes multiple examples from South Asia. By decentering the European
experience, Postsecular Feminisms shows how secularism and feminism have been constituted
in North America, South Asia, and Anglophone West Africa. 
The book asks: can postsecular feminism offer a way to think about religion and gender so as to
support women in all the variety of their lived experiences? The contributors show that
postsecular feminism is a variety of feminism that is not necessarily either secularist or anti-
secular. Rather it is feminism informed by a history of secularist bias within liberal
feminism. Postsecular Feminisms explores both the potentials and pitfalls of postsecular
feminisms, with some authors arguing that a contextually grounded praxis is possible, while
others make a strong case against postsecular feminism as theory and practice.
The book includes chapters by Lehigh colleagues William Bulman in History and Khurram
Hussain from Religion Studies. The original conversations that developed into this book were
held as part of the CAS Dean’s Dialogue conference on Feminisms Beyond the Secular. Videos
from that gathering are available to the public.

The Immanent Frame is a website sponsored by the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) which publishes research on religion, secularism and the public sphere.  Contributions are by invitation usually.


Recent publication

Deo, Nandini (ed). 2018. Postsecular Feminisms: Religion and Gender in Transnational Context

New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
Vera Fennell

Associate Professor Vera Fennell presented at the 5th Conference of the "Chinese in Africa/Africans in China Research Network" Conference

University Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium; June 28-30, 2018

Breena Holland

Associate Professor Breena Holland gave an invited talk on "Spending too much: The ecological limits of wealth appropriation"



Professor Laura Katz Olson

Dr. Olson was awarded in the Caregiving category for her book, Elder Care Journey: A View from the Front Lines.


Nandini Deo

Congratulations to Professor Deo for being one of four co-applicants from India, the Netherlands, and the USA to be awarded 499,000 Euros from the Dutch Foriegn Ministry to investigate civil society organization partnerships in India.

They will be hiring six postdocs to conduct research over the next 18 months. 


Holona LeAnne Ochs
Presents evidence that the expansion of welfare privatization makes it harder for people to move out of poverty in large numbers.
Laura Olsen

Laura Olson presented on “Backward and Forward: Fifty Years of the Caucus for a New Political Science” at the American Political Science Association annual conference.

Holona Ochs

Holona Ochs was a discussant on the “State Policy and Administration” panel and a participant in another at the American Political Science Association annual conference.

Breena Holland

Breena Holland was a discussant on Conservation and Social Justice: Valuing Capabilities in Interdisciplinary Socio-ecological Assessments in the Eastern Himalayas at the Human Development and Capability Association annual conference early September.

Nandini Deo

Nandini Deo is the organizer for “Secularisms: Critical Perspectives” at the South Asian Studies Annual Conference in late October.  She also presented in a Roundtable Discussion: Reflections on ‘The Refugee Crisis and Religion’  at the American Political Science Association conference on September 2and  presented “Modi and Trump: How social movement research explains the puzzles” at Society of International Law and Policy in, Kolkata, India, January 2017

Anthony DiMaggio

“The Propaganda Model and Manufacturing Consent: Public Compliance and Resistance,”in The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky, edited by James McGilvray, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“Strategic or Democratic Interests?  Framing U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Uprising,” in U.S. Approaches to the Arab Uprisings: International Relations and Democracy Promotion, edited by Amentahru Wahlrab, I.B. Tauris, 2017.

Anthony DiMaggio

Anthony DiMaggio was a discussant on the panel “Speaking Truth to Power: Has Political Science become Irrelevant to Policy?” at the American Political Science Association annual conference in early September 2017.

Anthony DiMaggio also presented “Power in Union: Democratic Representation and Empowerment in Labor Unions,” & “Class Politics: The Formation of Class Politics and its Impact on Political Attitudes,” at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference, April 2017.

Nandini Deo

Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India: The Role of Activism, Routledge, 2016. 

Dr. Laura Katz Olson

Congratulations to Professor Olson on this honor!

Her appointment is for a seven year term which begins July1, 2017 and has the option for renewal. It is in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments!


Congratulations to our newest members of the national political science honor society!

Delta Nu Chapter executive leaders:

President: Samantha Lerner (fall '16 initiate)

Vice: Sabrina Schulman

Secretary: Kalyani Singh (fall '16 initiate)

Treasurer: Samantha Randall

Alison Bergen

Serena Highly

Holly Gwydir

Brittany Nochimson

Ian Mason

Laura Katz Olsen

The following activity has happened relative to the publication of  Dr.Olsen's book : Elder Care Journey: A View from the Front Lines (New York: SUNY University Press, 2016)

“Trying to Find Adequate Care is a Bureaucratic and Personal Nightmare,” STAT News, July 27, 2016, https//

Blog: “It’s the Family that Must Adjust,” May 4, 2016,

Invited Lecture, “Quality of Nursing Home Care: Getting Our Money’s Worth,” 40th Annual Conference of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care,” Arlington, Virginia, November 4, 2016.

Interview: “An Academic Knowledge of Elder Care Becomes a Harsh, Real Lesson,” Erin Arvedlund, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 21, 2016,

Book Readings and Signings for Elder Care Journey: A View from the Front Lines

    Bluestockings Book Store, New York City, June 16, 2016;

    Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem, PA, June 26, 2016;

    Artrage Gallery, Syracuse, New York, June 29, 2016;

    Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, New York, July 12, 2016;

    The Left Bank Café and Moose Maple Books, Saranac Lake, New York, August 8, 2016;

    Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA, September 21, 2016;

    One More Page Books, Arlington, VA, November 3, 2016.

Podcast: with Jana Panarites, library, episode 50: “Aha Moments,” June 1, 2016.

Interview: “Success May be as Simple as Focusing on Two Areas,” in McKnight’s Senior Living, Lois A. Bowers, May 31, 2016:

Holona Ochs

Professor Ochs has been awarded a Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative Grant for $9182 and a Collaborative Research Opportunity Grant (CORE) for $59,174. 

Bill was a wonderful person, scholar, and teacher. His warmth, courage, and dignity will be missed. We join the rest of Lehigh University in mourning his loss and in celebrating his life. Dr. Scott's family will hold a memorial service at Lehigh Chapel on Monday, May 15 at 11am. There may also be other services slated in the community and as details become available they will be shared accordingly.

Holona Ochs

Dr. Ochs will present at the conference and chair panels as follows:
Chair #1: Poverty and Health: Problems and Solutions
Chair #2: Militarism, Subversion, and Protest
Chair: Expectatons of Justice and Equity in Policy, Administration and Public Management
Author: The Role of  Untreated Mental Illness in Deadly Encounters with the Police: The Case of California

Nandini Deo

Dr. Deopresented in Kolkatta, India at Society for International Law and Policy January 2017.

Anthony DiMaggio

Presenting research papers at Midwest Political Science Association Conference (MPSA) 2017 4/3-4/9:  He is also a discussant for one panel.

Paper #1: Class Politics: The Formation of Class Consciousness and it’s Impact on Policy Attitudes

Paper #2: Power in Union: Democratic Representation in American Labor Unions

Discussant: Why Do So Many Rich Professionals Hold Office, and Does It Matter?

See "Publications" for Dr. DiMaggio's recent book.

Anthony DiMaggio

The Politics of Persuasion: Media Bias and Economic Policy in the Modern Era, State University of New York Press, 2017.

Breena Holland

Dr. Breena Holland on 2/27/2017 published a new article in the Journal of Environmental Politics titled "Procedural justice in local climate adaptation: political capabilities and transformational change.

Rick Matthews

About the authors:

David Ingersoll was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Delaware whose works included Communism, Fascism, and Democracy: The Origins and Development of Three Ideologies (1971). Richard Matthews is NEH Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University whose works include The Radical Politics of Thomas Jefferson (1984) and If Men Were Angels: James Madison and the Heartless Empire of Reason (1996). Andrew Davison is Professor of Political Science at Vassar College whose works include Border Thinking on the Edges of the West: Crossing over the Hellespont (2014), Corporatist Ideology in Kemalist Turkey: Progress or Order? (2004), and Secularism and Revivalism in Turkey: A Hermeneutic Reconsideration (1998).


Sample Reviews:  

There are two kinds of textbooks: those that respect the student and those that do not. This volume, like its predecessors, honors and even admires the reader. It's wonderfully written, provocative, educative, and ever-timely. The new chapter on feminism and the revised chapter on theopolitics and fascism (to include a consideration of "Trumpism")—are worth the price of admission alone. This will continue to be THE book for introductory political theory courses and upper-level courses on comparative political ideologies.  ~Gregory White, Professor of Government, Smith College

This is a fantastic teaching resource!  It is so difficult to find a text that speaks plainly without simplifying the complexities of political ideologies. Their survey of the history and evolution of feminist thought is extensive, and inclusive. They also include significant portions from the original texts, allowing the voices of different feminist theorists to reach students. Their analysis lays the foundation for having informed discussions about why it is difficult to have unified feminist politics, and explores the rapidly evolving politics of both postcolonial and transgender identities. They provide an excellent tool for linking the intricacies of feminist theory to the complexities of feminist politics. ~Keally McBride, University of San Francisco

The new edition of The Philosophic Roots of Modern Ideology offers an outstanding introduction to modern politics and modern ideologies. With style and rigor, the authors combine the study of major modern Western ideologies—liberalism, conservativism, Marxism, feminism, and fascism—with sensitive accounts of Maoism and Islamism. They encourage thoughtful study of each ideology, with careful attention to their affinities, differences, and internal complexities; and they demonstrate compellingly the continuing resonance of the various ideologies, including fascism and the theopolitical ideologies. ~ Bruce Baum, University of British Columbia

With great rigor and remarkable skill, Ingersoll, Matthews, and Davison offer a superbly rich and thorough study of modern political ideologies that continue to mold and move us. Deftly dissecting a wide spectrum of ideologies, the authors map their constitutive ideas and excavate their theoretical roots with passion, judiciousness, and attention to detail. They fearlessly examine contemporary political discourse, holding up a mirror to the present. Meticulous and erudite without ever becoming inaccessible, The Philosophic Roots of Modern Ideology is a gripping book that will prove indispensable for the political education of generations of students to come, inspiring them to become literate, discerning, and critically engaged denizens of the world. ~Banu Bargu, New School for Social Research

The Philosophic Roots of Modern Ideology is a unique compendium of the most potent political forces of modernity--massive movements and groundbreaking historic events have been the causes and consequences of these ideologies. The authors have done the scholarly community an invaluable service by putting together a magnificent volume that reads like an epic saga of the best and the worst of humanity over the last two hundred years. To weave this dramatic history of ideas and movements into a graceful and convincing narrative is a spectacular feat of scholarly erudition and imagination.  ~Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University