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

Office location: Comenius Hall 112
Office phone: 610-861-1559

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

Research interests and expertise
History of political ideas, canonical political thought, Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, theories of time and temporality, and contemplative pedagogy with a focus on the use of commonplace books.

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Yayoi Kato

Yayoi Kato | Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office location: Comenius Hall 102
Office phone: 610-861-1585

B.A., Meiji-Gakuin University, Tokyo
M.A., University of Southern California
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Research interests and expertise:
Dr. Kato teaches Chinese politics, East Asian politics, and comparative politics, as well as courses on propaganda, China's rise, and Asian political thought.  After teaching at University of Southern California and Hamilton College, she joined the department in 2015.  Dr. Kato’s research focuses on ideology and propaganda work of China’s communist party and its effects on China's economic reforms.  She is currently writing a book, Playing the Language Game: Ideology, Public Discourse, and Reform Governance in China (Palgrave) and examines ideology’s double-edged functions in the reform policy debates and their implications for communist party rule.


Faith Okpotor

Faith Okpotor | Assistant Professor of Political Science

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

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.



Robin D. Presthus | Visiting Instructor of Political Science 

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

B.A., Pepperdine University
M.A., The University of Toulon
M.A., Sciences Po-Aix
Ph.D. A.B.D., Aix-Marseille University

Research interests and expertise:
Professor Presthus teaches American politics, Parties and elections, and a course on the presidency. After having taught in both Southern California and Southern France, he is delighted to join the Moravian faculty. Presthus’ work centers on the evolution of the role of religion in American and French politics, comparing the influence of religion on party nominations and coalitions, voter behavior, agenda-setting, and polarization in the two contexts. He greatly appreciates motivated students and encourages everyone in the classroom (himself included) to reconsider their views, find a way to live what they’re learning, and make a difference in the world around them. Professor Presthus enjoys singing, community service, traveling, and nature.



Faramarz Farbod | Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

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

B.A., Moravian College
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 College, 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 College. 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.


jean pierre Lalande

Jean-Pierre Lalande | Faculty Associate of Political Science

Office location: Comenius Hall 104
Office phone: 610-861-1399

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.