Department of Political Science
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Steve Lem, Associate Professor and Chair

Office: 310 OM A Wing
Office Hours (Fall 2014): MTWhF noon-1:00; M 5:00-6:00
Phone: 610-683-4471 

B.A., East Stroudsburg University; M.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY). Areas of Specialization: Comparative Politics, Western Europe, Political Parties, and the Welfare State. He teaches courses in Comparative Politics, Western Europe, Research Methodology, and International Relations. Professor Lem’s work has been published in Political Research Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and Party Politics. His current research projects focus on political parties, representation, and welfare policy in Western Europe.

Carol L. Dignazio, Secretary

Office:   318 OM A Wing
Hours:  M-F, 8:00-noon and 1:00-4:30
Phone:  610-683-4449 

Dr. Kristin Bremer, Professor

Office: 314 OM A Wing
Office Hours: (Fall 2014): M 8:00-9:00, T,H 9:30-noon
Phone: 610-683-4449

Dr. George E. Hale, Associate Professor

Office: 306 OM A Wing
Office Hours: (Fall 2014): T, H 10:00-11:00 AM, 3:00-4:00; F 9:00-11:00
Phone: 610-683-4468

George E. Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses including state and local government, urban politics, public administration, budgeting and decision making, and leadership and ethics.

Dr. Hale has extensive executive experience from a thirty-year career in federal, state and local government, including eight years as Delaware’s Secretary of Administrative Services and four years as assistant director of the state economic development agency.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Professor Hale has a Ph. D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is co-author of the book, The Politics of Federal Grants.

He recently authored, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Republican Governors," in the Ripon Forum, "State Budgets, Governors and Their Influence Over Big-Picture Issues" in Administration and Society, and “Three Strikes and You’re Out? Why Three Republican Governors Failed to Privatize Pennsylvania’s State Liquor Monopoly” in Commonwealth.  In 2015 “Governors, Career Paths and Public Corruption in Ten States” will appear in Public Integrity and “Rebudgeting” will be included in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy.

Dr. Paula Holoviak, Associate Professor

Office: 302 OM A Wing
Office Hours (Fall 2014): M 1:00-3:00; T 4:30-6:00; H 12:00-1:30
Phone: 610-683-4452 
E-mail: Fall 2014 Courses

Dr. Holoviak received her B.A. in Politics and Government and French from King's College in 1985, completed the Master of Public Administration degree at the Pennsylvania State University in 1987 and earned the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1994. Dr. Holoviak specializes in public administration, methodology and statistics and state and local politics. Her current research interests include rural economic and community development, regulation negotiation at the state level, and local government managerial practices. Dr. Holoviak is currently the program coordinator for the KU Master of Public Administration program. 

Dr. Holoviak's most recent research includes a study for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania entitled “Visiting Pennsylvania An Evaluation of Strategies and Finances of the Rural Tourism Industry” and “Senate Resolution 323 Report: Study of Statutory Mandates Placed on Counties and Municipalities.” with the PA Local Government Commission. Dr. Holoviak is the Vice Chairperson for the Pennsylvania Policy Forum and First Vice President of the Northeastern Political Science Association.

Dr. Jennifer Jacobson, Assistant Professor

Office: 316 OM A Wing
Office Hours: (Fall 2014): T, H 9:00-9:30, noon-1:30; W 5:00-6:00; H 11:00-12:00 (pre-law office hours)
Phone: 610-683-4451 

B.A. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Dr. Jacobson teaches courses in public administration and American politics.  Her research has been published in American Politics Research, Journal of Political Science, and Justice System Journal.  Her current research examines lower federal court compliance with the Supreme Court’s Establishment Clause and her broader research interests include examining the impact and compliance of Supreme Court decisions, as well as administrative law.  Dr. Jacobson serves as the pre-law advisor for the department.

Dr. Robert A. Portada III, Associate Professor

Office: 308 OM A Wing
Office Hours (Fall 2014): M 3:00-4:00; T, H 9:00-11:00

B.A. Hunter College, CUNY; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Notre Dame; Dr. Portada teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. He has maintained a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean in his research, with areas of specialization including the intersection of religion and politics, transitional politics, democratization, social movements, and American foreign policy. He is the author of a chapter entitled “Indirect Confrontation: The Evolution of the Political Strategy of the Cuban Catholic Church” in Handbook of Contemporary Cuba: Economy, Politics, Civil Society, and Globalization, published by Paradigm Publishers in 2013. Dr. Portada is currently part of a joint research project investigating questions related to security sector reform and the role of private military companies in South Sudan and Haiti.

Dr. Glenn W. Richardson Jr., Professor

Office: 304 OM A Wing
Office Hours (Fall 2014): M-F 11:00-12:00
Phone: 610-683-4450 
E-mail:  Fall 2014 courses

B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois University; Ph. D., University of Iowa.  Areas of specialization:  American government (especially the presidency), political communication, (especially campaigns and elections, political advertising, social media, and news coverage of politics).  Professor Richardson's research has been published in the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, American Communication Journal, Political Research Quarterly and Poroi.  He is the author of the chapter on political advertising in Communication in U.S. Elections: New Agendas, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2001, and of "Visual Storytelling and the Competition for Political Meaning in Political Advertising and News in Campaign 2000" which earned the 2002 American Communication Journal Article of the Year Award.  His book, Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics was published in a second edition by Rowman and Littlefield in August, 2008. His article "Media Literacy and Political Communication," appears in The Journal of Media Literacy 56:1-2 (2009).  He is also the author of "Ad Watch 3.0: Developing Audiovisual and Narrative Techniques for Engaging the Audiovisual Content of Political Advertising," published in Poroi: (2012) Vol. 8: Iss. 1. He is the co-author (with G.R. Boytnon) of "Re-framing Audience: Co-Motion at #SOTU" in Political Campaigning in the Information Age (2014) and "The Language of Threat in Our Political Discourse" in the Handbook of Research on Political Activism in the Information Age (2014). He is currently working on research projects focusing on the use of Twitter and politics and on political advertising.  Dr. Richardson serves on  the editorial board of the Journal of Political Marketing.  At KU he has served as advisor to the Political Science Club, College Republicans, and College Democrats. He teaches courses in American Government, the American Presidency, American Political Thought, Constitutional Law, American Political Parties, Public Opinion and Propaganda, Urban Politics and has taught the Senior Seminar in Political Science. He is currently a KU delegate to the APSCUF Legislative Assembly, the APSCUF-KU CAP Chair and the chair of the APSCUF-KU Legislative Committee. He is serves as state APSCUF CAP treasurer and is the Chair of the state APSCUF Legislative Committee. Dr. Richardson's research has been featured on the front-page of the New York Times and he has appeared on MSNBC.

Dr. John Riley Jr., Associate Professor

Office: 312 OM A Wing
Office Hours (Fall 2014): MWF 10:00-11:00; T,H 9:30-10:30
Phone: 610-683-4453


Last Updated September 15, 2014