Welcome to the IR Department
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 seven committed teachers and dedicated scholars, who collectively teach roughly 300 students each semester and advise over 130 majors. They have also earned national and international visibility through the quality of their scholarship.
A major in international relations prepares students for careers in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, and teaching and research.
Faculty News Spotlight
Dinissa Duvanova, Assistant Professor in the International Relations department, recently received the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. Read about her perspective in the following article: Financial Crisis Raises Large Russian Question Mark
Meline Toumani, an award-winning writer and international journalist, spoke about identity, memory and the politics of memory in a talk Wednesday, March 18 in the Lower Galleries of the Zoellner Arts Center.
Conflict and Dialogue
Henri Barkey examines the ever-changing landscape of international politics.
Understanding overseas political affairs, particularly in the Middle East, can often seem like reading tea leaves. Countries are divided internally, factions contend for command, and competition for power between military and civilian governments continue to feed conflict... Read More.