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Going to Extremes

Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas and Professor of Political Science Iva E. Deutchman recently returned from the “Going to Extremes” conference sponsored by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. The conference brought together a select group of scholars from around the United States to address issues of political polarization and extremism in the American electorate. Lucas and Deutchman presented a paper called “Looking for the Productive Center: Running for Congress as a ‘Blue Dog’ or ‘Main Streeter’.” Conference organizer Ronald Shaiko is editing a book that will incorporate the papers presented at the conference. A member of the faculty since 2000, Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his master’s and Ph.D. from State University at Binghamton. He recently served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, where he worked for Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-NY-15 of Manhattan, covering military, voting rights and environmental issues. His recent publications include a chapter in “Same-Sex Marriage in the 2004 Election.” He is currently examining the role of various ideological groups within the Republican and Democratic Parties of the House of Representatives. At HWS since 1987, Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. A political scientist who studies modern American conservatism, women and voting behavior, women in government and the influence of the mass media on politics, Deutchman has been published widely in major journals, such as “When Feminists Don’t Fit: The Case of Pauline Hanson,” in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Deutchman and Lucas co-run many efforts such as the annual “Day on the Hill” program in Washington, D.C., which provides opportunities for students to visit several federal agencies, the Senate and the House of Representatives, both political parties’ national offices and several lobbying organizations, as well as meet with alumni and alumnae working in the area. Deutchman has a long list of publications in major journals, the latest of which is “The Ideology of Moderate Republicans in the House,” written with Lucas and published in The Forum.