Muhlenberg College
Department of Political Science



Pictured left to right:
Dr. Mohsin Hashim, Dr. Lanethea Mathews-Gardner, Dr. Brian Mello, Dr. Christopher Herrick, Dr. Christopher Borick, Dr. Michele Moser Deegan, Dr. Alton Slane, Dr. Giacomo Gambino, Maureen Bayraktar, Secretary

Giacomo (Jack) Gambino
Professor and Chair of Political Science
Dr. Gambino began teaching at Muhlenberg in 1990 after earning his Ph.D. from Duke University.  His scholarly interests focus on the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and George Orwell, as well as on the just war tradition and civic education.  Among the courses he teaches are War and Justice, Utopia and Its Critics, American Political Thought, Introduction to Environmental Studies, and a first year seminar on the making of Italian American identity.  Currently, he serves as co-director of the Philosophy/Political Thought major. He is the recipient of Paul C. Empie Award (2001) and the Donald and Anne Shire Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2002-2003.

Alton J. Slane
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Slane earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.  He teaches Constitutional Law, Governmental Regulation of Business, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, and Introduction to American National Government.  Previously, Dr. Slane served for four years as a Salisbury Township, PA School Board Member and eight years as a Commissioner for the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners. He received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 1989.

Christopher W. Herrick
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Herrick earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.  He teaches in the area of comparative government (East Asia and Africa), international relations and public policy (specializing in American Foreign policy and International Law).  His research interests include the conduct of US foreign policy and survey research. He is the author of Issues in American Foreign Policy (Longman 2003) and most recently director of a survey research project under a grant from the US Department of Labor. 

Christopher Borick
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Borick received his Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton.  He is Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion.  Previously, he held positions with the Internal Revenue Service and Monroe County Pennsylvania Planning Commission. Dr. Borick has published and presented over twenty articles in the area of public policy and public opinion; he teaches Political Science Research Methods, Political Parties & Elections, Public Health Policy, and Environmental Politics & Policymaking. He received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2006.

S. Mohsin Hashim
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Hashim earned his Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University in 2000. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics from Moscow State University. Dr. Hashim’s research focuses on post-Soviet Russian political and economic transitions. His publications have appeared in Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Problems of Post-Communism. Dr. Hashim teaches Government and Politics of Russia; Regimes and Regime Change; International Political Economy; Globalization and Social Justice; Introduction to Comparative Government and International Relations. He is the recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2007.  

A. Lanethea Mathews-Gardner
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Mathews-Gardner earned her Ph.D. at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2003. She studies gender and American political development, women and politics, and political behavior. Her article, “The Political Development of Female Civic Engagement in Postwar America,” was recently published in Politics & Gender.   Dr. Mathews-Gardner teaches courses in American politics, including Gender, Politics & Policy, the American Presidency, and Civic Engagement & Political Participation. She also teaches Introduction to American National Government, which includes a service learning partnership between Muhlenberg college students and a local elementary school.  Website.

Michele Deegan
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Deegan earned her Ph.D. at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University. She studies state and local government policy making, with an emphasis on education policy. She has authored and co-authored book chapters and journal articles in publications such at the Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Administration Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the Journal of Education Finance. Dr. Deegan teaches courses in American Politics, including Introduction to American National Government, Research Methods, Social Stratification & US Social Policy, and the Congress.

Brian Mello
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Mello earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle.  His areas of study include comparative politics, normative political theory, and the politics of social movements.  Dr. Mello’s research focuses primarily on politics in the Middle East.  He has published articles that focus on self-determination as a human right in the journal Social Theory and Practice and on the emergence of radical labor activism in Turkey in the journal Social Movement Studies.  Dr. Mello teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations, including courses on the interdisciplinary study of peace and conflict; Middle East politics; government and politics in Europe; and the nature of revolutionary regimes.

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