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Khristina H. Haddad | Professor and Department Chair of Political Science

Office location: Comenius Hall 112
Office phone: 610-861-1559
Student hours:  Tuesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                              Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you wish to meet with Dr. Haddad outside these scheduled times, please contact her by email to make an appointment.

B.A., Reed College
M.A., McGill University
Ph.D., University of Michigan 

Research interests and expertise:
Dr. Haddad teaches the history of political ideas and contemporary political thought in political science in addition to feminist theory and gender studies for the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Her courses foreground the implications of political language for consciousness and action. She invites students to contemplate some of the classic questions of political theory such as Who am I? How should I encounter you? How can we know the world? and How should we construct a shared world together? Her current research explores the early modern intellectual journaling practice of the commonplace book (also promoted by political theorists such as John Locke) with regard to its value for contemporary teaching and learning in political theory.  Dr. Haddad's research addresses the embodied, material, and visual aspects of the political imagination. She has recently taught a workshop on digital pedagogies for the Keystone Digital Humanities conference and co-authored an article on the importance of personifications of virtue to understanding Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince.

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Holly Seonyeong Jo

Holly Seonyeong Jo 조서녕 | Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office location: Comenius Hall 113
Office phone: 610-861-1408

B.A., Macalester College
M.A., Korea University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research interests and expertise:


Faith Okpotor

Faith Okpotor | Associate Professor of Political Science

Office location: PPHAC 213
Office phone: 610-861-1407

Dr. Faith Okpotor will not be on campus Fall 2023 - Summer 2024.
Dr. Okpotor has been awarded the International Affairs Fellowship by the Council on Foreign Relations. She will be serving 12 months in a foreign policy role applying scholarship to policy in the federal government.

B.A., Hampshire College
M.S.J., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Delaware
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Research interests and expertise:
Dr. Okpotor's scholarship lies at the intersection of international and comparative politics. She studies political violence and international security with a special emphasis on Africa. Her current research examines the dynamics of post-election violence in Africa. She has been published in African Conflict and Peace Building ReviewAfrica Today, Air and Space Power Journal - Africa and Francophonie, and in an edited volume on US Foreign Policy Toward Africa. She has received research support from the National Science Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Research Initiative, International Studies Association, American Political Science Association, and the University of Delaware. Dr. Okpotor teaches courses in international politics, international security, and African politics.


Samuel Rhodes

Samuel C. Rhodes | Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office location: Comenius Hall 102
Office phone: 610-861-1585
CV and scholar profile:

B.A., Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Washington State University
Ph.D., Washington State University

Research interests and expertise: 
Dr. Rhodes teaches courses on U.S. government and politics.  He studies how algorithmic filter bubbles and echo chambers spread viral misinformation online. Dr. Rhodes also examines the effects of unlimited and undisclosed donations (ie., "dark money") in American elections. His scholarly work has been published in Political Communication and Election Law Journal. Before joining the academy, Dr. Rhodes worked for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and the Maine State Legislature. 



Faramarz Farbod | Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Office location: Zinzendorf Hall, 102
Office phone: 610-861-1570

B.A., Moravian University
M.S., Lehigh University

Research interests and expertise
Politics in the countries of the South with a special focus on the Middle East region, social movements, globalization and development, war and peace, U.S. Foreign policy, and politics of dissent. Professor Farbod has been serving on the steering committee of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities -- Lehigh Valley since 2012. He is also the founder of a local group called Beyond Capitalism Working Group (since 2013). The latter is a sub-group of the Alliance. His articles have appeared on online sites such as Commondreams, MRZine, etc. My areas of interest are to appear at the outset. Film and Politics.

Farmarz Farbod came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s. He graduated from Moravian Academy and Moravian University, and got a masters degree from Lehigh University in politics. In the 1990s he spent several years teaching politics in his native Iran. Since 1998 he has been teaching politics at Moravian University. His interests in teaching and activism have included political economy of labor, environmental justice, media and dissent, global justice, anti-war rationale, and issues related to developments in the global South. His articles have appeared on many online views and analysis sites including ZNet and commondreams. Faramarz has appeared frequently on the Berks County TV program Centering on Peace to discuss political developments in the Middle East. He is an avid soccer player and the single parent of two lovely boys.


Mustafa Kirisci| Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Office location: Comenius 108B

B.S., Turkish Military Academy
M.S., University of North Texas
Ph.D., University of North Texas

Research interests and expertise 
Terrorism, Civil Wars, Interstate Conflict, Nonviolent Movements, Cybersecurity, and Peace Studies.



jean pierre Lalande

Jean-Pierre Lalande | Emeritus Professor of Political Science


B.A., Licence ès Lettres, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Research interests and expertise
Contemporary European Politics, and Urban Modernization in the Global Age. His recent research has focused on the politics of the European Union and on the history and politics of Paris. Dr. Lalande regularly attends conferences and has lectured on a variety of topics relating to French and European politics.


John Reynolds

John V. Reynolds | Emeritus Professor of Political Science

It is with deep regret that we inform you of Dr. John Reynold’s passing at the end of January 2020. Dr. Reynolds had generations of students, community contacts, and friends. We apologize if you are receiving this information for the first time.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Khristina Haddad, chair of the political science department at with any questions you may have.

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Gary Olson | Emeritus Professor of Political Science 

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