International Relations

Lehigh is among the very few major universities in the United States with a separate Department of International Relations (IR). Lehigh's distinctive organization is matched by the excellence of its teaching and research programs. It is not an exaggeration to say that we offer an undergraduate education in International Relations that is among the very best in the country. The IR Department has a full-time faculty of eight committed teachers and dedicated scholars, who collectively teach roughly 300 students each semester and advise over 100 majors. They have also earned national and international visibility through the quality of their scholarship.



Welcome Our New Faculty Member

Mary Anne Madeira earned a doctorate in political science at the University of Washington, a master’s degree in International and European Politics at the University of Edinburgh and a bachelor’s degree in political science at Johns Hopkins University.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Madeira served as an assistant professor in political science at Queen’s College, City University of New York.  Her research focuses on the domestic politics of international trade and regional integration.  She has published a book, Globalization, Institutions and Governance and has also published in Review of International Political Economy, Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies,and Research and Politics. At Lehigh, she looks forward to teaching Introduction to World Politics, Poverty and Development, and other International Political Economy courses