Professor of Political Science Iva E. Deutchman was featured in a story on the front page of the Tuesday, March 11 edition of the Finger Lakes Times.
She was one of the few local residents quoted not calling for the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, after it was revealed that he had patronized an escort service.
“I don't think what he did was so terrible,” Deutchman said, noting that Spitzer never campaigned on a platform of moral purity. “This country has a real problem with its reaction to anything dealing with sex.”
Unlike other politicians caught with prostitutes, like Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, Spitzer never campaigned on a platform of moral purity, she said, adding that she'd feel more betrayed if Spitzer was secretly sitting on the board of Wal-Mart.
In the same story, associate professor of political science DeWayne Lucas addressed the scandal from the impact it could have on the presidential race: both Spitzer and Lt. Gov. David Paterson are superdelegates backing Sen. Hillary Clinton.
“Barack Obama is calling for a change in politics, and this is a reminder of the old way, a stark reminder,” Lucas said.
Deutchman, a political scientist who studies modern American conservatism, women and voting behavior, women in government, and the influence of the mass media on politics has been published widely in major journals, including “When Feminists Don't Fit: The Case of Pauline Hanson,” in the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Most recently she co-authored “The Ideology of Moderate Republicans in the House,” with Lucas; the piece was published in Forum.
At HWS, Deutchman leads 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.
Last month, Deutchman participated in a well-received community forum about the 2008 presidential election. She and Lucas were among the political science faculty participating in a panel discussion before a standing-room-only crowd at Irene's Coffee House. Sponsored by the HWS Chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy, the event was such a success that another is planned for Wednesday, April 9.
A member of the faculty since 1987, Deutchman holds a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lucas, a member of the faculty since 2000, received his Ph.D. and master's degrees at Binghamton University, and his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-15 of Manhattan, covering military, voting rights and environmental issues. Lucas' recent publications include a chapter, “Same-Sex Marriage in the 2004 Election” in a book titled “The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage;” and a collaborative piece titled “The Ideology of Moderate Republicans in the House.” He is currently examining the role of various ideological groups within the Republican and Democratic Parties of the House of Representatives.
Lucas also guided the discussion, “Election 2008: Making Sense of It All,” on March 10 at the Wood Library on North Main Street in Canandaigua, as part of the library's Election 2008 Series.
In the above photo, Lucas and Deutchman are see together at a recent panel discussion which took place at Irene's Coffee House in Geneva.