About the Dean
Michele Moser Deegan, Ph.D., is the dean of academic life and a professor of political science at Muhlenberg College. She is the founder and director of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), a collaborative Lehigh Valley-focused research center of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges. Through her work with the LVRC, Deegan has completed research on such topics as the region’s public school systems, non-profit organizations, community health, sustainable economic development and the changing gambling behaviors of residents.
Deegan also advises a number of government and nonprofit organizations regarding program outcomes and performance. At Muhlenberg, she teaches the introductory course on American national government as well as Research Methods, Public Administration, Inequality and US Public Policy and the Senior Seminar in Political Science.
Deegan's research interests include state and local government policy making, with an emphasis on regionalism. She has authored numerous book chapters, reports and articles in national journals of political science, public policy and public administration. Prior to her position at Muhlenberg, she has held faculty positions at New York University, Lehigh University, Moravian College and as a tenured professor at The George Washington University. She earned her Ph.D. from New York University.