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Note to alums: These biographical statements come from what you have sent us, and have been edited for consistency of format. If you would like to have your name removed, edit or change your entry, or know another alumnus/a who would like to join the program, please email Lee Ann Banaszak, Professor and Head, at

Meena Bose

Meena Bose is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Her teaching and research interests include the American Presidency, American Foreign Policy, American Politics, and International Politics. She is the author of Shaping and Signaling Presidential Policy: The National Security Decision Making of Eisenhower and Kennedy (Texas A&M University Press, December 1998). An earlier version of the book received the first annual Best Dissertation on the Presidency Prize from the Center of Presidential Studies, Texas A&M University, in 1997. She graduated from Penn State in 1990 with a major in Foreign Service and International Politics, with a minor in English. She completed her graduate work in Politics at Princeton University.

James W. Clarke

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James W. Clarke (Ph.D., 1968; M.A., 1964) is Professor of Political Science and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona where, since 1971, he has taught courses on race and public policy, and violent crime and political order. Professor Clarke’s teaching has been recognized with a number of awards, among them the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has twice been selected as Outstanding Teacher in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, he is the author of a number of articles and four books on criminal violence: American Assassins: The Darker Side of Politics (1982); Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison (1988); On Being Mad or Merely Angry: John W. Hinckley, Jr. and Other Dangerous People (1990), and The Lineaments of Wrath: Race, Violent Crime, and American Culture (1998). In 1999, Professor Clarke was a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland.

Thomas R. Dye

Thomas R. Dye is President of the Lincoln Center for the Public Service, a nonprofit civic and educational organization serving the citizens of Florida and the nation. He was formerly McKenzie Professor of Government at Florida State University. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennslyvania. He is the author of numerous books an articles on American government and public policy, including The Irony of Democracy, now in its 11th edition; Politics in States and Communities, and Understanding Public Policy, both now in their 10th editions; not to mention various other books. His popular textbook, Politics in America is now in its 4th edition. His latest books, Top Down Policymaking, Chatam House 2001, describes the role of big campaigning contributors, foundations and think thanks, interest groups and the media in policy formation in Washington. His books have been translated into many languages, including Russian and Chinese, and published abroad. He has served as President of the Southern Political Science Association, President of the Policy Studies Organization, and Secretary of the American Political Science Association. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 from Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts. He has taught at the University of Georgia, and served as visiting scholar at Bar-Elan University, Israel, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, and elsewhere. He is listed in the Heritage Foundation Guide to Public Policy Experts, as well as most major biographical directories including Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

Rich Forgette

Rich Forgette graduated from Penn State with a B.A. degree in Political Science in 1985. He went on to receive his graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Rochester. Rich worked on Capitol Hill from 1996 to 1997 as the William Steiger Congressional Fellow for the American Political Science Association. He taught political science at Miami University of Ohio in Oxford before moving to the University of Mississippi, where he is now Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department. His main research and teaching interests are the U.S. Congress and congressional elections.

Maritheresa F. Frain, Ph.D.

Maritheresa Frain is the Director of the CIEE Study Center in Seville and Resident Director for the Liberal Arts and Advanced Liberal Arts Programs.   Her career with CIEE in Sevilla began in 2001.  Maritheresa is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She completed her undergraduate work in International Politics at The Pennsylvania State University and went on to pursue her MA and Ph.D. in International Relations at Georgetown University.   While living in DC, Maritheresa was an employee of the International Monetary Fund and a visiting professor at Georgetown.   In l989, she received a grant to work in office of the Portuguese Prime Minister (Aníbal Cavaco Silva, currently the President of Portugal).  Since that time she has lived and worked in Greece, Russia, Switzerland, Madrid and now Seville.   Maritheresa has published extensively on issues related to Spanish and Portuguese politics and defense issues.  After having lived abroad in so many different cultural settings, Maritheresa enjoys working with American students in Seville as they discover for themselves the joys and challenges of becoming a truly global citizen.  Maritheresa is married to a “sevillano”, Juan, and they have a nine year old daughter, Carmen.

Stacey Hecht

Stacey Hecht graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Penn State in 1989. Honors Thesis work on the topic of accountability in public higher education led to her decision to pursue graduate work in Political Science. Stacey earned her Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her focus was on American Politics and Political Theory. Her research has focused mainly on welfare policy but also on religion and politics and undergraduate education. She is currently an Assistsant Professor of Political Science at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Katharina Fachin Lucas

Currently, Katharina Lucas is the director of the Teacher Preparation Program and coordinates the Outreach Program at Nichols College. A Pennsylvania native, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University and completed a thesis that allowed her to study teachers’ understanding of, agreement with, and implementation of a school reform at a high school. She went on to study elementary education at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree through a program called S.T.A.R.T (Student Teachers as Researching Teachers). Ms. Lucas earned a doctorate from the University of New Hampshire. For her dissertation, she helped to coordinate and studied a mentoring program for sixth grade girls at six different schools. Ms. Lucas has worked in different types of school districts, both urban and suburban, and has been exposed to the disparities present in funding and culture between those two kinds of public schools. Furthermore, she has studied the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at eleven different colleges and universities. Throughout her experiences, Ms. Lucas has been able to work with students of all ages, from first grade to graduate students. Currently, Ms. Lucas is working closely with undergraduates and teachers at local middle schools and high schools. Her primary research interest continues to be how people develop an understanding themselves through interactions with others.

James R. Reehl
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James R. Reehl earned his Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University in 1969. In 1984, Mr. Reehl earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Mr. Reehl is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the State Courts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia; in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits; and in the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Northern District of West Virginia. From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Reehl was General Counsel to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 23. He represented the Union and its members in over 300 labor arbitration cases; represented the Union in federal and state courts, and before the National Labor Relations Board, he also provided counsel to the Union’s executive and field staff in grievance handling and other labor law issues. He was also a Hearing committee member and chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court o Pennsylvania from July 1991 to July 1997. In that position he, reviewed the proposed disposition by Disciplinary Counsel of complaints of professional misconduct against attorneys; heard cases of alleged misconduct brought by Disciplinary Counsel and made recommendations to Disciplinary Board. Currently adjunct professor teaching undergraduate courses in Labor Relations in Division of Administration and Management, he also serves as an instructor for Union Leadership Academy, teaching various labor law classes to union members and officers. He has presented papers to the UFCW Attorney’s Conference as well as to the American Bar Association/National Labor Relations Board Institute.

Reed M. Smith
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Reed Smith majored in International Relations as a student at Penn State in 1951. Later, in 1954, Mr. Smith earned his Master’s degree from Penn State and began a career as an educator. He taught night school at CCNY and Brooklyn College from 1953-1955 and also taught at a private prep school in New York City. He later went on to become an Associate Professor at Baldwin-Wallace College, University of Pennsylvania, Bradley University (where he also was appointed Department Head), and Wright State University. Mr. Reed was also published by the Penn State University Press in 1963, publishing his book titled, State Government in Transition. He focused on Public Administration, American Government, Soviet Government, Governments of Eastern Europe and Peace Studies. He retired in 1995 but remains active in the State College Peace Center, ACLU, Amnesty International, Quaker Peace groups, and various other like-minded organizations.

Peter Stone

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, having received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2000.

Gregory J. Wawro
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Associate Professor at Columbia University in the Department of Political Science. His teaching and research focuses on American politics (including Congress, elections, campaign finance, and political economy) and political methodology. Professor Wawro is the author of Legislative Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives (University of Michigan Press, 2000) and has published articles in The American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Law Economics and Organization, and Political Analysis. His academic awards include E.E. Schattschneider Award, the Milton J. Esman Award, the CQ Prize for best paper presented in the Legislative Studies Section at 2002 APSA meeting, a Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowship, and a John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences at Harvard University.  Professor Wawro is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Redoubtable Weapon: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate (with Eric Schickler), which is a historical analysis of the cause and consequences of filibusters.

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