Brian L. Fife

Professor and Chair
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1990
Maginnes Hall, Room 318


American politics, elections, education policy, and equality


Brian Fife is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lehigh University. He joined the department in 2018 after serving as chair of the Department of Public Policy at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (now Purdue University Fort Wayne). He earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in political science at the State University of New York at Binghamton and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maine. His research focuses on education policy, electoral reform, and the challenges of poverty in America.

Professor Fife has published 7 books as well as numerous articles and instructional textbooks. His research books include the following: Winning the War on Poverty: Applying the Lessons of History to the Present (2018); Old School Still Matters: Lessons from History to Reform Public Education in America (2013);Reforming the Electoral Process in America: Toward More Democracy in the 21st Century (2010); Political Culture and Voting Systems in the United States: An Examination of the 2000 Presidential Election (2002); Higher Education in Transition: The Challenges of the New Millennium (2000); School Desegregation in the Twenty-First Century: The Focus Must Change (1997); and Desegregation in American Schools: Comparative Intervention Strategies (1992).

His next book, Citizenship in the American Republic, will be published by the University of Michigan Press. He also has an article that will be published soon by the New England Journal of History, which is focused on Abraham Lincoln’s first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin.

He has taught a wide variety of courses in American politics and public policy. He is married to Melissa and they have two grown children, Sam and Jack.