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Two Endowed Chairs in Political Science

Ian Lustick

Dr. Ian S. Lustick, professor of political science, has been appointed to the Bess Heyman Professorship. After earning his B.A. at Brandeis University, Dr. Lustick completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Dr. Lustick came to Penn in 1991 following 15 years on the Dartmouth faculty. From 1997 to 2000, he served as chair of the department of political science and was appointed the Merriam Term Professor of Political Science in 2001. In addition to teaching Political Science 1, Introduction to the Study of Politics, he also teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, techniques of hegemonic analysis, and the expansion and contraction of states. Dr.  Lustick is also the associate director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict. 

A specialist in areas of comparative politics, international politics, organization theory, and Middle Eastern politics, Dr. Lustick is responsible for developing the computational modeling platform known as PS-I. This software program, which he created in collaboration with Dr. Vladimir Dergachev, GEng'99, Gr'00, allows social scientists to simulate political phenomena in an effort to apply agent-based modeling to public policy problems. His current work includes research on rights of return in Zionism and Palestinian nationalism as well as on problems of counterfactual reasoning in historically grounded social science.  His research has been supported by grants from the Carnegie Corporation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and United States Institute for Peace.

Dr. Lustick has published articles in journals such as American Political Science Review, Complexity, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, and Journal of International Law and Politics. The author of five books and monographs, he received the American Political Science Association's J. David Greenstone Award for the Best Book in Politics and History in 1995 for his Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza.  In addition to serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Lustick is the former president of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association and of the Association for Israel Studies. 

The Bess Heyman Professorship was created in 1989 by Stephen J. Heyman, W'59, and is named for his late mother. Mr. Heyman is a partner in Nadel and Gussman, a company engaged in oil and gas exploration and production.  A former Penn Trustee, he has served as a member of the SAS Board of Overseers and the Wharton Graduate Executive Board. He is currently a member of the School of Nursing Board of Overseers.  In 2000, Mr. Heyman was recognized with Penn's Alumni Award of Merit.  

Brendan O'Leary

Dr. Brendan O'Leary, professor of political science and director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, has been appointed the Lauder Professor of Political Science. Dr. O'Leary completed a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University before earning his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he received the Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize.

Before coming to Penn in 2002 as the Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor of Social Sciences, Dr. O'Leary had been a member of the faculty at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 1983. His service there included his term as chairman of the Department of Government, 1998-2001. In addition, Dr. O'Leary has held visiting appointments at universities around the world, including the University of Uppsala in Sweden and the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. O'Leary's research interests span the topics of national and ethnic conflict and conflict-regulation; power-sharing systems; democracy and human rights; and the history, political theory, and political science of the state. A renowned expert on deeply divided territories, he has been a leading public policy advisor and consultant on the Irish peace process. His contributions include providing congressional testimony on the Patten Report, serving as a policy advisor to the British Labour Party, and submitting constitutional and policy memoranda to parties and governments. Additionally, Dr.  O'Leary has been a constitutional consultant for the European Union and the United Nations in Somalia, as well as for the United Kingdom's Department of International Development in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. He is currently working on Kurdish interests in the constitutional reconstruction of Iraq.

Dr. O'Leary is the author or co-author of seven books, including The Northern Ireland: Consociational Engagements with John McGarry, which will be published in the coming year. In addition to publishing 80 journal articles and chapters, he is the co-editor of six major collections, the most recent being Right-Sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders. Dr. O'Leary has been featured on major broadcasting networks around the world and his commentary has appeared in leading international publications, such as The Financial Times and The Guardian. 

The Lauder Chair in Political Science was established in 1983 by Leonard Lauder, a 1954 graduate of the Wharton School. He is the chairman and CEO of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., the international cosmetics firm founded by his mother in 1946. Mr. Lauder has served as a Penn Trustee and Overseer in SAS and the Wharton School, and he received Penn's Alumni Award of Merit in 1996. He is deeply committed to encouraging interdisciplinary programs between Wharton and SAS and in 1982 he established the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. 



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 6, September 30, 2003